Plenty of medical professionals and occupational respirator specialists, together with Chris Schaefer, featured within the video above, have warned that carrying of face masks might have adversarial well being results and that folks actually shouldn’t be pressured to put on them frequently.
Aside from that, there’s a obtrusive lack of proof proving they really stop viral sickness. On the opposite, the proof overwhelmingly exhibits they’ve little to no impression on viral unfold.
Research1 additionally exhibits asymptomatic people pose nearly no threat, as they not often ever unfold stay virus, thereby undermining the concept that everybody should be masked merely since you don’t know who’s infectious and who’s not.
Despite all of that, authorities officers insist that common masks carrying is a vital technique to fight COVID-19, now even recommending carrying two,2 three3,4 and even 45 layers of face masks. And, in response to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Americans might need to put on masks during 2022.6
Is Wearing a Wet Mask Good for You?
Just whenever you thought mainstream propaganda couldn’t suggest a better irrational perversion of the reality, a brand new examine7 from the National Institutes of Health claims carrying a moist masks — which is a breeding floor for dangerous micro organism — is definitely good for you as a result of inhaling via the moist masks hydrates your lungs and boosts your immune system. As reported by Healthing.ca, February 16, 2021:8
“The examine, printed within the Biophysical Journal, examined an N95 masks, a three-ply disposable surgical masks, a two-ply cotton-polyester masks and a heavy cotton masks, measuring the extent of humidity by having a volunteer breathe right into a sealed metal field.
When the individual didn’t put on a masks, the water vapor of the exhaled breath crammed the field, resulting in a speedy improve in humidity contained in the field. When the individual wore a masks, the buildup of humidity contained in the field tremendously decreased as many of the water vapor remained within the masks, grew to become condensed, and was re-inhaled. The researchers performed the exams at three completely different temperatures starting from 7 to 36 levels Celsius.
‘We found that face masks strongly increase the humidity in inhaled air and propose that the resulting hydration of the respiratory tract could be responsible for the documented finding that links lower COVID-19 disease severity to wearing a mask,’ stated Adriaan Bax, Ph.D., a NIH Distinguished Investigator and the examine’s lead creator.
‘High levels of humidity have been shown to mitigate severity of the flu, and it may be applicable to severity of COVID-19 through a similar mechanism.’”
However, it’s necessary to appreciate that the humidity contained in the masks will enable pathogenic micro organism to quickly develop and multiply — a documented reality not addressed by the NIH — and because the masks makes it tougher to breathe, you’re prone to breathe heavier, thereby risking inhaling the microbes deep inside your lungs. As you’ll see under, this will have important well being dangers that vastly outweigh any profit you may get from respiration extra humid air.
Occupational Respirator Testing Expert Speaks Out
In June 2020, Schaefer wrote an open letter9 addressed to the chief medical officer in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, stating the errors of recommending common carrying of N95 masks, surgical masks or nonmedical masks as safety in opposition to SARS-CoV-2. In it, he writes:10
“I’ve been instructing and conducting respirator match testing for over 20 years and now at the moment for my firm SafeCom Training Services Inc. My purchasers embrace many authorities departments, our army, healthcare suppliers with Alberta Health Services, instructional establishments and personal trade. I’m a broadcast creator and a acknowledged authority on this topic.
Filter respirator masks, particularly N95, surgical and non-medical masks, present negligible COVID-19 safety for the next causes:
1. Viruses within the fluid envelopes that encompass them could be very small, so small in actual fact that you’d want an electron microscope to see them. N95 masks filter 95% of particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns or bigger. COVID-19 particles are .08 – .12 microns.
2. Viruses don’t simply enter us via our mouth and nostril, however may enter via our eyes and even the pores of our pores and skin. The solely efficient barrier one can put on to guard in opposition to virus publicity could be a completely encapsulated hazmat go well with with cuffs by ankles taped to boots and cuffs by wrists taped to gloves, whereas receiving respiration air from a self-contained respiration equipment (SCBA).
This barrier is commonplace gear to guard in opposition to a biohazard (viruses) and must be worn in a potential virus hazard setting 24/7 and also you wouldn’t be capable of take away any a part of it even to have a sip of water, eat or use the washroom whereas within the virus setting. If you probably did, you’d grow to be uncovered and would negate all of the prior precautions you had taken.”
Face Masks Pose Several Health Hazards
In his letter, and within the video above, Schaefer additionally stresses that these sorts of face masks pose “very real risks and possible serious threats to a wearer’s health” for various causes, together with the next:
1. Wearing a face masks will increase respiration resistance, and because it makes each inhaling and exhaling tougher, people with pre-existing medical situations should be screened by a medical skilled to verify they gained’t be prone to a medical emergency if carrying a face masks.
This consists of these with shortness of breath, lung illness, panic attacks, respiration difficulties, chest ache on exertion, heart problems, fainting spells, claustrophobia, power bronchitis, coronary heart issues, bronchial asthma, allergy symptoms, diabetes, seizures, high blood pressure and people with pacemakers. The impression of carrying a face masks throughout being pregnant can also be wholly unknown.
2. Face masks can scale back oxygen consumption, resulting in probably hazardous oxygen deficiency (hypoxia).
3. They additionally trigger speedy accumulation of dangerous carbon dioxide, which may have important cognitive and bodily impacts. That stated, there may be some proof to help that this can be one of many few advantages of masks carrying, as barely elevated CO2 ranges may contribute to well being advantages as per my interview with Patrick McKeown. (We’re not speaking about dangerously excessive ranges, nonetheless.)
4. Wearing a face masks will increase your physique temperature and bodily stress, which may lead to an elevated temperature studying that’s not associated to an infection.
5. All face masks could cause bacterial and fungal infections within the person as heat, moist air accumulates contained in the masks. This is the right breeding floor for pathogens. “That is why N95 and other disposable masks were only designed to be short duration, specific task use and then immediately discarded,” Schaefer notes.
Medical medical doctors have warned that bacterial pneumonia, facial rashes, fungal infections on the face,11 “mask mouth” (signs of which embrace dangerous breath, tooth decay and gum irritation) and candida mouth infections12 are all on the rise.
What’s worse, a examine13,14 printed within the February 2021 subject of the journal Cancer Discovery discovered that the presence of microbes in your lungs can worsen lung most cancers pathogenesis and might contribute to superior stage lung most cancers. As reported by Global Research:15
“While analyzing lung microbes of 83 untreated adults with lung most cancers, the analysis workforce found that colonies of Veillonella, Prevotella, and Streptococcus micro organism, which can be cultivated via extended masks carrying, are all present in bigger portions in sufferers with superior stage lung most cancers than in earlier phases.
The presence of those bacterial cultures can also be related to a decrease likelihood of survival and elevated tumor progress whatever the stage.”
6. With prolonged use, medical masks will start to interrupt down and launch chemical compounds which can be then inhaled. Tiny microfibers are also released, which may trigger well being issues when inhaled. This hazard was highlighted in a efficiency examine16 being printed within the June 2021 subject of Journal of Hazardous Materials.
Schaefer additionally factors out that to offer any profit in anyway, customers should be fitted with the proper sort and measurement of respirator, and should endure match testing by a educated skilled. However, N95 respirators, even when fitted correctly, won’t shield in opposition to viral exposures however can adequately shield in opposition to bigger particles.
Surgical masks, which don’t seal to your face, “do not filter anything,” Schaefer notes. These sorts of masks are designed to stop micro organism from the mouth, nostril and face from coming into the affected person throughout surgical procedures, and researchers have warned that contaminated surgical masks truly pose an an infection threat.17 After simply two hours, a major improve in bacterial load on the masks was noticed.
Nonmedical fabric masks aren’t solely ineffective but in addition significantly harmful as they’re not engineered for “easy inhalation and effective purging of exhaled carbon dioxide,” making them wholly unsuitable for use.
In the video, Schaefer demonstrates the one sort of masks that’s truly protected to put on — the gasoline masks type of respirator you’d use to guard your self in opposition to portray fumes, natural vapors, smoke and mud.
Real respirators are constructed to filter the air you breathe in, and do away with the carbon dioxide and humidity from the air you breathe out, thereby guaranteeing there’s no harmful buildup of carbon dioxide or discount in oxygen contained in the masks.
Cochrane Review Gives Masks Thumbs Down
I’ve written many articles detailing the proof displaying that face masks do not prevent viral illnesses. To these we will now add an up to date Cochrane overview,18 which summarizes randomized trial proof from research that checked out face masks, hand-washing and/or bodily distancing as prevention in opposition to respiratory infections.
There are many limitations to the included research, together with the information that none was particular to COVID-19 and most had questionable adherence. They didn’t embrace the one COVID-19 particular trial that additionally included adherence parameters. With regard to medical and surgical masks, they discovered that:
“Compared with wearing no mask, wearing a mask may make little to no difference in how many people caught a flu-like illness (9 studies; 3507 people); and probably makes no difference in how many people have flu confirmed by a laboratory test (6 studies; 3005 people).”
Four well being care research and one small group examine checked out the usage of N95/P2 respirators. Here they discovered that:
“Compared with wearing medical or surgical masks, wearing N95/P2 respirators probably makes little to no difference in how many people have confirmed flu (5 studies; 8407 people); and may make little to no difference in how many people catch a flu-like illness (5 studies; 8407 people) or respiratory illness (3 studies; 7799 people).”
COVID-19 Specific Mask Trial Failed to Prove Benefit
Cochrane’s overview actually would have been extra full had they included the one COVID-19-related examine to this point. Unfortunately, they solely included research printed earlier than April 1, 2020. The trial in query, which was executed in Denmark, was printed November 18, 2020.
This COVID-19-specific randomized controlled surgical mask trial19,20 confirmed and strengthened earlier findings, displaying that masks carrying might both scale back your threat of SARS-CoV-2 an infection by as a lot as 46%, or improve your threat by 23%. Either approach, the overwhelming majority — 97.9% of those that didn’t put on masks, and 98.2% of those that did — remained an infection free.
The examine included 3,030 people assigned to put on a surgical face masks and a couple of,994 unmasked controls. Of them, 80.7% accomplished the examine. Based on the adherence scores reported, 46% of contributors all the time wore the masks as really useful, 47% predominantly as really useful and seven% didn’t observe suggestions.
Among masks wearers, 1.8% ended up testing constructive for SARS-CoV-2, in comparison with 2.1% amongst controls. When they eliminated those that didn’t adhere to the suggestions for use, the outcomes remained the identical — 1.8%, which suggests adherence makes no distinction.
Among those that reported carrying their face masks “exactly as instructed,” 2% examined constructive for SARS-CoV-2 in comparison with 2.1% of the controls. So, primarily, we’re destroying economies and lives world wide to guard a tiny minority from getting a constructive PCR check consequence which, as detailed in “Asymptomatic ‘Casedemic’ Is a Perpetuation of Needless Fear,” means little to nothing.
CDC Relies on Anecdotal Data to Promote Mask Use
Considering the dearth of proof for common masks use, simply what’s the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counting on to again up its advice?21 Believe it or not, their main “evidence” is an anecdotal story about two symptomatic hair stylists who interacted with 139 purchasers throughout eight days.
Sixty-seven of the purchasers agreed to be interviewed and examined. None examined constructive for SARS-CoV-2. The indisputable fact that the stylists and all purchasers “universally wore masks in the salon” is due to this fact seen as proof that the masks prevented the unfold of an infection. The Danish examine reviewed above didn’t make it onto the CDC’s record of research both.
The CDC’s personal knowledge22,23,24 additionally present 70.6% of COVID-19 sufferers reported “always” carrying a fabric masks or face protecting within the 14 days previous their sickness; 14.4% reported having worn a masks “often.” So, a complete of 85% of people that got here down with COVID-19 had “often” or “always” worn a masks.
This too contradicts the concept that masks carrying will shield in opposition to the an infection, and might be a barely extra dependable indicator of effectiveness than the anecdotal hairdresser story.
Another current investigation25 revealed the identical pattern, displaying that states with masks mandates had a median of 27 constructive SARS-CoV-2 “cases” per 100,000 individuals, whereas states with no masks mandates had simply 17 circumstances per 100,000. I reviewed these and different findings in my December 31, 2020, article, “Mask Mandates Are Absolutely Useless.”
The CDC’s scientific backing for double-masking is equally flimsy. Using rubber dummy heads for their experiments, they declare carrying two tightly fitted masks may scale back publicity to aerosols by about 95%.26,27
However, there are a number of causes to take these outcomes with a grain of salt, beginning with the truth that mannequins don’t breathe. The CDC even admits as a lot in its report, once they word that “double masking might impede breathing or obstruct peripheral vision for some wearers.”
In the ultimate evaluation, it appears clear that the simplest methods to stop the unfold of viral diseases, SARS-CoV-2 included, is frequent handwashing with delicate cleaning soap and water, and staying residence in case you have signs of a respiratory an infection. As for masking up whenever you’re wholesome, not to mention double, triple or quadruple masking, there’s merely no scientific consensus for that technique.