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Massive New Study From The UK Delivers Death Blow To COVID Mask Narrative

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Wearing face-masks — even fancier N95 masks — probably has “little or no” effect in protecting against COVID-19 and the flu compared to not wearing one, according to a massive new British meta-study.

“There is uncertainty about the effects of masks,” concludes a team of 12 international researchers in the study published Jan. 30 in the peer-reviewed U.K. journal Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

“Wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of laboratory‐confirmed influenza/SARS‐CoV‐2 compared to not wearing masks,” an abstract of the U.K. study states.

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Moreover, the study concludes that among medical workers, even the more robust N95 masks did not yield greater protection compared to more standard masks, which might surprise people who wear the boxier masks believing they are gaining heightened protection from COVID.

“There were no clear differences between the use of medical/surgical masks compared with N95/P2 respirators in healthcare workers when used in routine care to reduce respiratory viral infection,” reports the abstract. The authors conclude: “The pooled results of RCTs [randomized controlled trials] did not show a clear reduction in respiratory viral infection with the use of medical/surgical masks.”

The self-described ‘NonBinary,’ ‘TechnoPagan’ author of this tweet might be surprised by a new U.K. meta-study that found wearing masks, even the N95 model shown here, has ‘little or no’ effect in protecting against COVID and the flu compared to not wearing masks. Screenshot: Twitter page @chrisdancy.

The researchers analyzed at 78 “randomised controlled studies” through October 2022 that looked at physical measures people take to avoid getting a respiratory infection like influenza or COVID-19 — from hand-washing and using hand sanitizers to wearing various types of face-masks.

Meanwhile, the CDC is “still recommending masking in areas with ‘high’ [COVID] transmission levels — fewer than four percent of U.S. counties — as well as indoor masking to protect high-risk contacts in ‘medium’ counties (27 percent),” reports Just the News in a story on the British study.

The Cochrane study described N95 masks as “close-fitting masks that filter the air breathed in, more commonly used by healthcare workers than the public.” A recent Substack article by Megan Mansell seeks to explain why N95 masks don’t work.

A “plain language summary” of the U.K. meta-analysis gives the following as among the potential reasons for the inefficacy of masks:

  • “lower adherence with mask wearing, especially amongst children”;
  • “quality of the masks used”;
  • “self‐contamination of the mask by hands”;
  • “lack of protection from eye exposure from respiratory droplets (allowing a route of entry of respiratory viruses into the nose via the lacrimal duct)”;
  • “saturation of masks with saliva from extended use (promoting virus survival in proteinaceous material)”; and
  • “possible risk compensation behaviour leading to an exaggerated sense of security.”

Regarding hand hygiene, the meta-study found that “following a hand hygiene programme may reduce the number of people who catch a respiratory or flu‐like illness … compared with people not following such a programme.” It also reports that several studies that it analyzed found people complaining of “discomfort” wearing masks.

Information Systems Technician (Submarine) 1st Class Stephen Edward, assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City, shares a kiss with his wife during a homecoming ceremony held at U.S. Naval Base Guam on Aug. 20, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Randall W. Ramaswamy)
Information Systems Technician (Submarine) 1st Class Stephen Edward, assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City, shares a kiss with his wife during a homecoming ceremony held at U.S. Naval Base Guam on Aug. 20, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Randall W. Ramaswamy)

The authors recommend more and better studies on the practical effects of supposedly protective measures and approaches, including “physical distancing,” e.g., the requirement of a six-foot gap between people widely embraced by authorities during the COVID pandemic.

Just the News reports researchers for the Cochrane study “are affiliated with a geographically disparate range of institutions in the U.K., Canada, Australia, Italy and Saudi Arabia. Half are affiliated with the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Australia’s Bond University. The corresponding author is the University of Calgary’s John Conly.”

JTN reports that masks are still required in educational institutions in blue states New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington and California, citing a story in the Daily Mail.”

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Sheepdog70
Sheepdog70
1 year ago

Tell us something we don’t already know. Everything they claimed about Covid has been a Lie. Not once did I wear a mask or shelter in place or stop shaking hands or hugging people or stop going out and singing Karaoke and not once did I become even slightl ill. It’s all been a lie to give the Deep State control over the masses. Not once did I comply or fall for all the lies

Fred
Fred
1 year ago
Reply to  Sheepdog70

Ditto, has always been about control

sue
sue
1 year ago

AND DIDN’T WE ALL THROW THOSE MASKS IN THE GARBAGE?? HINT HINT

Jane Hill
Jane Hill
1 year ago

You Say as useless as Biden…

However NOTHING …….is as useless as Biden…

Jeanne Stotler
Jeanne Stotler
1 year ago

I had the shot, J&J, and then they said I has Covid, I have had colds worse than what they said was Covid, no fever or a cough worse than my usual cough from Bronchial Asthma, YES it is about control, As a Ret. Nurse I can still take vital signs and mine never changed.

johninnilD
johninnil
1 year ago

Isn’t it strange how all this stuff is coming out now, after two plus years of hearing how we are all going to die if we didn’t do this or that? Not to mention how there happens to be more information about the actual dangers of getting the shot and boosters, yet some are still demanding for people to get the shot. I never got the shot and tested positive twice with covid and never had any symptoms. I do feel sorry for all those that have died with mysterious surprise deaths after getting the shot though.

Last edited 1 year ago by johninnil