As we have long noted, “Dumb Enough to Believe Bush’s Wars, Dumb Enough to Believe the COVID War.”
And “Dumb” they are. Wearing masks has become the new ABnormal.
Throughout the world, streets and stores are filled with masses wearing masks thinking it will keep them “healthy,” while, in fact, scientific evidence shows mask wearing can be dangerous.
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:
- “A recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, ‘None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection. Keep in mind, no studies have been done to demonstrate that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has any effect on transmission of the COVID-19 virus.”
- “The importance of these findings is that the wearing of a mask for prolonged periods of time often causes a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) and is associated with an impairment in immunity. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. The studies also found an elevation in blood CO2 can cause a health condition called hypercapnia [carbon dioxide toxicity].”
- “There is another danger to wearing these masks on a daily basis, especially if worn for several hours. When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages.”
- “Newer evidence suggests that in some cases the virus can enter the brain. In most instances it enters the brain by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves), which connect directly with the area of the brain dealing with recent memory and memory consolidation. By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.”
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in some cases, mask wearing could be deadly because inhaling high levels of carbon dioxide may be life-threatening. This can also can cause headaches, vertigo, double vision, inability to concentrate, tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears), seizures, or suffocation due to displacement of air.
“Wearing a face mask makes the exhaled air go into the eyes,” wrote Dr. Antonio Lazzarino, an epidemiologist at University College London, regarding the side effects of face masks. “This generates an uncomfortable feeling and an impulse to touch your eyes. If your hands are contaminated, you are infecting yourself.”
Dr. Lazzarino also said, “Face masks make breathing more difficult. For people with COPD – that’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which causes a decreased airflow – face masks are in fact intolerable to wear as they worsen their breathlessness. Moreover, a fraction of carbon dioxide previously exhaled is inhaled at each respiratory cycle. Those two phenomena increase breathing frequency and deepness, and hence they increase the amount of inhaled and exhaled air.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks “should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use,” and "Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing,” … which is doubtful most people do.
Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection says masks should only be worn by those suffering respiratory infection when visiting clinics or hospitals or when taking care of an infected patient.
Dr. Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, has stated, “For the average member of the public walking down a street, it is not a good idea… What tends to happen is people will have one mask. They won’t wear it all the time, they will take it off when they get home, they will put it down on a surface they haven’t cleaned.”
And Dr. Eli Perencevich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, told Forbes, “The average healthy person does not need to have a mask, and they shouldn’t be wearing masks. There’s no evidence that wearing masks on healthy people will protect them.”
As noted by other health professionals, but absent the junkstream news hysteria, Perencevich said, “They wear them incorrectly, and they can increase the risk of infection because they’re touching their face more often.”
On 21 May, an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by doctors and medical experts from Harvard Medical School; the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute; and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, stated:
“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”
While the article concedes that wearing a mask makes many people feel safer, “One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education than with a marginally beneficial mask.”
On 13 May, the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety & Health Publications Unit, published the following: “Cloth face covers are not protective equipment and do not protect the person wearing a cloth face cover from COVID-19.”
The truth remains there are still many medical authorities advocating the public be required to wear masks in public in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
But as readers of the Trends Journal know from the many “Trend Forecasting Lessons” we have published over the years, one must carefully read the language used to determine the deeper truth. 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.”
Yet, despite no clear epidemiological evidence, as the media COVID Hysteria and political lockdowns accelerated, in early April, the CDC reversed its previous stance that only two groups of people needed to wear them: people who were showing symptoms and people who were taking care of someone who was sick.