By Dr Joseph Mercola, 6th August, 2022
Even before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, mask mandates were put in place without ever properly evaluating efficacy, but that didn’t stop them from dividing communities and being used as a form of virtue signaling and a visible reminder of compliance with the “new normal”
1, 2, 3, 22, 23 MedRxiv May 25, 2021
19, 20, 21 JAMA Pediatrics June 30, 2021
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Recap & Takeaways
- Using CDC data, no significant differences were found in COVID-19 case growth between states with or without mask mandates, during periods of low or high transmission
- The widespread use of masks did not reduce COVID-19 transmission in Europe, and a moderate positive correlation was found between mask usage and deaths in Western Europe
- An update to a CDC study on school mask mandates, using nearly six times more data, found no significant relationship between mask mandates in U.S. schools and COVID-19 case rates
- In Kansas, counties with a mask mandate had significantly higher COVID-19 case fatality rates than counties without a mask mandate
- One way masks cause harm may be the “Foegen effect” — the idea that deep re-inhalation of droplets and virions caught on facemasks might make COVID-19 infection more likely or more severe
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