UNMASKING THE TRUTH (PART I)

As we’ve reported in the Trends Journal, from American media-anointed “leading infectious disease expert” Dr. Anthony Fauci to the New England Journal of Medicine; to the WHO, CDC, the California Health and Human Services Agency; and others… all have noted there is limited evidence that wearing cloth face masks in public reduces disease transmission.

In May, this appeared on the CDC website:

“Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene of face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza. We similarly found limited evidence on the effectiveness of improved hygiene and environmental cleaning. We identified several major knowledge gaps requiring further research, most fundamentally an improved characterization of the modes of person-to-person transmission.”

To reach these conclusions, the CDC “conducted systematic reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of personal protective measures on influenza virus transmission, including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and face masks, and a systematic review of surface and object cleaning as an environmental measure.”

Bait and Switch

On 14 July, however, the CDC published an editorial on its website reversing its prior view, calling for public mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Yet, unlike their previous findings, this time no proof was provided. Rather, the editorial noted,

“Others may think it is premature to promote community masking until research has been completed that measures the effectiveness of cloth face coverings to prevent exposure specifically to SARS-CoV-2.

Laboratory studies will be difficult and costly because they require capacity to safely manage this biosafety level 3 pathogen. Any type of community-based randomized trial will be complex to deploy in the right setting (a community with active infection) at the right time (when infections are increasing) to produce actionable results quickly.

In the absence of such data, it has been persuasively argued the precautionary principle be applied to promote community masking because there is little to lose and potentially much to be gained.”

Note the phrase, “In the absence of data.”

Two days later, on 16 July, this appeared on the CDC website:

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.

We clicked on the link provided for “Emerging evidence.” Medical studies were noted, but there were no links provided to those studies.

TRENDPOST: In the 23 June Trends Journal, we reported the following:

Health advocate Peggy Hall analyzed the language in the seven research articles posted on the CDC website, which it claims supports wearing face masks. Ms. Hall first points out there are no links to the studies provided by the CDC. This raised her suspicion about the strength of the articles. When she found them online, not one clearly confirmed that wearing masks slows the spread, but, instead, they used language such as “more research is needed,” “requires further study,” “results are unclear” and “pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission modes have not been definitely documented for COVID-19.”

Looking carefully at the data provided by the CDC as to why they reversed their decision on mask wearing, their basic position is that while unproven, mask wearing by the public should be mandated based on the premise, “better safe than sorry.”

But is extensive mask wearing safe?

As we reported in the 23 June Trends Journal, Board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock, in reviewing 17 scientific studies, found evidence that wearing a face mask for an extended period of time has shown to cause serious health problems, including:

  • a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia),
  • a serious health issue called hypercapnia, the result of elevated carbon dioxide toxicity,
  • re-breathing germs and viruses already in the body, raising the concentration in lungs and nasal passages,
  • headaches, vertigo, double vision, inability to concentrate, tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears), seizures, or suffocation due to displacement of air.

Yet, despite these facts, two-faced “don’t wear masks, do wear masks” Fauci says, “There has not been any indication that putting a mask on and wearing a mask for a considerable period of time has any deleterious effects on oxygen exchange or anything like that. Not at all.”

The website Medical News Today sought an even-handed approach after analyzing both sides of the mask-wearing issue. While it noted no evidence that extensive mask wearing caused serious health issues, there were health risks, especially if the wearer didn’t consistently wash the mask after each use:

  • “There is no evidence indicating that masks increase the wearer’s risk of developing pneumonia or other bacterial, viral, or fungal lung infections.
  • “The WHO acknowledge that if a person wears the same mask for a long time, microorganisms may grow on the fabric.”
  • “The CDC recommend that a person removes the face covering once they return home and washes it before using it again.” Note: How many of those people wearing masks all the time are washing them every day?

Dr. Andrew Pavia, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah, stated on 2 April, “If [the mask] becomes wet, it becomes a good environment for the virus to persist, but does it really provide a net benefit? We really don’t know.”

As for conclusive evidence that extensive mask wearing helps stop the spread, Dr. Pavia added, “Nobody knows one way or another.”

TRENDPOST: Considering that wearing dirty masks can increase the risk of spreading disease, we would suggest wait staff, cooks, etc., sweating behind their masks that are rarely changed, washed, or sanitized during their work shift… are most likely more hazardous to themselves and patrons that not wearing one at all.

Confusion Reigns

The argument over the effectiveness of mask wearing continues, raising the level of anxiety around the U.S.

For example, last June, the governor of Nebraska said any local government in his state that mandated mask wearing in official state offices and courts would not get coronavirus funding. Yet, the mayor of Orange County, FL, which includes the city of Orlando, imposed an executive order requiring everyone in his district wear a mask in public.

Even in Europe, where most countries have seen a significant drop in deaths, on 15 July, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, citing what the Wall Street Journal referred to as a “slight pickup in the circulation of the coronavirus,” made mask wearing mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after equivocating for months, and after one of his cabinet ministers, Michael Gove, clearly stated that wearing masks would be “good manners” but is not mandatory, nonetheless announced on 13 July that anyone in the U.K. who refused to wear a mask inside all shops and supermarkets would face a fine of £100 ($126).

Again, these mandates are not based on any clear scientific evidence that mask wearing has been effective at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. In fact, they contradict previous studies.

As summarized on the website Medical News Today:

“Whether a person decides to follow public health advice and wear a mask is down to individual choice, at least in countries where wearing masks is not mandatory. This might never be a clear-cut topic, and there may be no resolution for those who prefer to consult a large body of well-conducted scientific studies to help them make their decisions.”

11 Comments
  1. Jay Jericho 2 weeks ago

    If in doubt, ignore the advice of the multi trillion dollars medical pharma mass murder industrial complex. Or do the opposite. Pathological psycopathic liars – those at the top of this triangle.

  2. sitenine 2 weeks ago

    Isn’t it obvious? The truth is getting louder and harder to ignore, so speaking the truth can no longer be allowed. Can you think of a better way to muzzle the population than mandating that they literally wear muzzles?

  3. atlantis 2 weeks ago

    I don’t want to talk about human intelligence any more, because looking around today the only thing that is visible in human STUPIDITY on a grand scale. And this covid BS takes the cake – except perhaps for Joe Biden and Barak Obomba in this video clip….
    https://www.rt.com/usa/495538-biden-obama-video-trump/

  4. Karl Mehlig 2 weeks ago

    It is all about CONTROL. Masks are simply a tool for these despicable tyrants to see how willing the citizens are to trade their freedom for an artificial sense of safety. It is an experiment and practice run for what we will face if and when the far left turns the November election and implements the Green Agenda to prevent the world’s end from “climate change” in 9 years(!).

    • Craig Bradley 2 weeks ago

      BOVINE BEHAVIOR

      Yes, indeed! The weak-minded conform and follow “orders”. They are cattle in need of a ear tag (goyim). Odds are, they will be tagged eventually, then headed into a squeeze shoot, just like a bunch of yearling steers. Its a way to separate the men from the boys. Most are effectively effiiminate or boys. They offer no real resistance to the authorities. They are peons.

  5. JustSayin 2 weeks ago

    Yes, the mask is psychological control by way of fear (once again). Some people choose to wear their face muzzle in 95+ degrees. This is a politically generated dystopia, and it really sucks.

  6. Craig Bradley 2 weeks ago

    REAL COMMON SENSE

    The spread of this and other common rhinoviruses is largely caused by personal behavior. Therefore, Do NOT congregate in an indoors or outdoors setting and wear a mask if you can not avoid a crowd. Every little bit helps. Just avoid crowds in any confined space and again, DO NOT congregate. This one action would be the best preventative action one could possibly employ. You need not wear a mask if walking alone or driving unless you want to look like a buffoon. Plenty of them around in contemporary America. You can tell the fools, as they wear a mask 24/7. It won’t protect them from infection. Its only a “feel good”, superficial measure, at best. Disregard it.

  7. B D 2 weeks ago

    Its so much harder to THINK than just doing what they tell me.

  8. joseph_1 2 weeks ago

    @ Craig Bradley

    You say “Do Not Congregate”. Well this precisely what the oligarchs want. Society has been atomised through technology since the invention of the radio wave up to the massive invasion of the social media which almost wiped out conversation or discourse among neighbours and within the nuclear family. Now under Stupid19 we are told about the New Normal of avoiding congregation and human contact.
    Welcome to the Brave New World.

  9. Maria S 1 week ago

    I’m wondering if forced mask wearing is technically legal, since many people who have asthma cannot breath in a mask. There are no stores that I know of in Ulster County that allow non-mask wearers for any reason, regardless of disability. Even if they did try to enter the store others might “go after” them for not being responsible. This seems to go against the Americans with Disabilities Act, and I believe stores should provide an outlet for those who cannot tolerate lack of oxygen for long periods of time. I’m not sure if anyone remembers, but Fauci stated in the beginning of all this, (on the News), that masks don’t work and aren’t necessary for people who are well, except for a feeling of security.

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