Originally, this was going to appear as part of Parse Farce, but just seemed too out-of-context. In addition, while more Americans than ever have finally assimilated the message about wearing masks, I thought this material, almost all of which is from elsewhere, was worth sharing.
From this article:
“On January 24th, Singapore became the first country to mandate mask wearing for all citizens. In February, the CDC and WHO advised ‘masks do not benefit average citizens.’ April 24, the CDC advised wearing a mask to ‘protect other people.’ In June, that changed to ‘wear a mask only if you cannot socially distance.’ Singapore has 27 deaths; we [the US] have 163,000 as of this writing.”
“In May 2020, scientists in Hong Kong circulated air from COVID-19 infected hamsters into cages holding healthy hamsters. 75% of the healthy hamsters developed COVID-19. The scientists then filtered the air through surgical mask material. The infection rate in these hamsters plummeted to 25%. They had milder illnesses, and their body burden of virus was a thousand times less. Masking led to less virus, fewer and less severe infections and fewer deaths.”
“In April 2020, there were COVID-19 outbreaks on two cruise ships. Cruise ships are hamster cages for people. The Diamond Princess, off Japan, did not have masks for all the passengers. Among passengers testing positive, 82% fell ill. The same month, COVID-19 also broke out on the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, off Argentina. Masks were distributed to all passengers when the first case was diagnosed. Among passengers testing positive, only 19% fell ill. Masks were responsible for a 75% decrease in illness. What works for hamsters works for people.”
Here is the summary of a study published in May and shown on the website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Results: A total of 21 studies met our inclusion criteria. Meta-analyses suggest that mask use provided a significant protective effect. Use of masks by healthcare workers (HCWs) and non-healthcare workers (Non-HCWs) can reduce the risk of respiratory virus infection by 80% and 47%…Masks had a protective effect against influenza viruses, SARS, and SARS-CoV-2. In the subgroups based on different study designs, protective effects of wearing masks were significant in cluster randomized trials and observational studies.”
In the interest of full disclosure I excluded data such as (OR = 0.35 and 95% CI = 0.24-0.51) from the summary because I don’t want to turn this post into a statistics lesson.
Sorry, but I’m kind of inflexible on this issue. Masks work and not to wear one for political reasons is foolish and selfish. Unconstrained freedom is not freedom, it’s anarchy. Yes, I also believe public school systems have the right to deny access to unfortunate children whose moronic parents don’t have them vaccinated. NO ONE has the right to make other people sick without their informed consent.
Good, I’ve stepped on some toes today.