“It’s just a tiny freaking mask, Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da. Da da dat dat da ya da! Well, that was the way to belittle and attempt to mock those who did not want to wear a mask last year. We have mounds of evidence piling up and more and more indicators show us that masks do nothing to the spread of the virus. The virus itself is not that deadly period. The percentage of people dying without pre-existing medical issues is ridiculously low. When I look out into my daily life in Orange County I hardly see anyone that lives as if this is true. It is oddly like high school clicks with the cool kids. If you wear a mask you are cool, hip, progressive, and more loving. If you don’t, you are not just the opposite but evil and so obviously stupid that you have no place in the club or society, daily life. It is funny how often you hear “you are too stupid responses’ from team Fauci followers like “Trust science not Morons”. Not all scientists are getting paid by the white house and it is to those doctors that I turn to for a trusted opinion.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, the author of the Blaylock Wellness Report, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with a medical degree from Louisiana State University and an internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He practiced neurosurgery for 26 years and then left those duties to devote his work to nutritional research.
Blaylock thinks that face masks not only fail to protect people from getting sick but they create a serious health risk to the wearer.
He defends his view.
The coronavirus, like other respiratory viruses, is typical in its spread among communities.
It is unusual in that most infected people show no illness (asymptomatic) or very little sickness. A very small percentage of people are at a potentially serious risk – mostly older people and those with some current serious medical conditions like a compromised immune system. Blaylock claims the standard treatment – intubation and the use of a ventilator – may have contributed to the death rate.
He looked at 17 studies and concluded, “None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.” One of those studies was titled, “The use of mask and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: A systematic review of the scientific evidence. (2012).”
Blaylock said recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control are based mostly on studies of transmission of the flu, not the coronavirus. By the way, the CDC in the first phase of the pandemic did not recommend the wearing of a mask to prevent being infected.
“When a person has tuberculosis, we have them wear a mask, not the community of non-infected,” Blaylock wrote. The recommendations of the CDC and the World Health Organization are not grounded on ways to contain any virus pandemic or epidemic in history, Blaylock said.
When someone is infected with the coronavirus or another respiratory virus, they expel some of the virus with each breath, Blaylock said. If you wear a face mask, especially an N95 mask or a tight-fitting mask, you are constantly rebreathing the viruses, which raises the concentration in your lungs and nasal passages. It is true that the patients who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentration of the virus early on.
More studies show that the virus can enter your brain through your olfactory nerves (smell nerves). They connect directly to the part of the brain that deals with memory.
So, to summarize Dr. Blaylock’s argument against masks:
- The coronavirus is relatively benign to most people.
- Most of the at-risk patients will survive.
- Masks delay the impact of “herd immunity.”
- People who refuse to wear masks should not be forced to do so.
It is the exact opposite of science and has now been documented and peer reviewed by medical professionals across the world that masks are a political power move not an aid or anything of help when it comes to not getting this virus.
Let’s see if masks are effective! For you science touting mask lovers or anti-mask haters when the science is not in your favor you are to recant and go hug an anti-masker.
In this meta-analysis, face masks were found to have no detectable effect against transmission of viral infections. It found: “Compared to no masks, there was no reduction of influenza-like illness cases or influenza for masks in the general population, nor in healthcare workers.”
This 2020 meta-analysis found that evidence from randomized controlled trials of face masks did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility.
Another recent review found that masks had no effect specifically against Covid-19, although facemask use seemed linked to, in 3 of 31 studies, “very slightly reduced” odds of developing influenza-like illness.
This 2019 study of 2862 participants showed that both N95 respirators and surgical masks “resulted in no significant difference in the incidence of laboratory confirmed influenza.”
This 2016 meta-analysis found that both randomized controlled trials and observational studies of N95 respirators and surgical masks used by healthcare workers did not show benefit against transmission of acute respiratory infections. It was also found that acute respiratory infection transmission “may have occurred via contamination of provided respiratory protective equipment during storage and reuse of masks and respirators throughout the workday.”
A 2011 meta-analysis of 17 studies regarding masks and effect on transmission of influenza found that “none of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.” However, authors speculated that effectiveness of masks may be linked to early, consistent and correct usage.
Face mask use was likewise found to be not protective against the common cold, compared to controls without face masks among healthcare workers.
A study of 44 mask brands found mean 35.6% penetration (+ 34.7%). Most medical masks had over 20% penetration, while “general masks and handkerchiefs had no protective function in terms of the aerosol filtration efficiency.” The study found that “Medical masks, general masks, and handkerchiefs were found to provide little protection against respiratory aerosols.”
It may be helpful to remember that an aerosol is a colloidal suspension of liquid or solid particles in a gas. In respiration, the relevant aerosol is the suspension of bacterial or viral particles in inhaled or exhaled breath.
In another study, penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%.
I am not going to go on and on. In anyone’s mind that can see the facts presented this is beyond a slam dunk, hole in one, grand slam, triple crown, and any other cliche I can use to show the obvious winner. Now can we just get back to living our lives without covering our beautiful faces and more importantly hating on each other. Mask or no mask be kind to one another and if you want to wear one, by all means, do so and if you don’t, don’t. My thing is to stop telling others how to live and worry about the trash in your lawn.