Covid-19: New evidence on face masks

19 November 2020 — Sebastion Rushworth MD

by Sebastian Rushworth, M.D.

A few months back I wrote an article about the state of the evidence on face masks. At that point, there were no good studies looking at the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of covid-19 specifically, but there was a systematic review that looked at all randomized trials that had been done on face masks for the prevention of respiratory infections more generally. That review found that surgical face masks reduced the probability of getting a respiratory infection by around 4% in absolute terms (17% in relative terms).

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Evidence that the Face Mask does not Impede Viral Transmission

10 October 2020 — Global Research>

An Open Letter to Robert Redfield, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

By Prof. Bill Willers

Dr. Redfield:

I made it a point to watch you after seeing Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer and Epidemiologist, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, state publicly on June 3, 2020

“Now the science is in. [Because of] recent studies with large numbers of patients in large numbers of countries…. we have hard evidence that risk of transmission goes down dramatically when people wear masks.” Continue reading

Dutch Government Ditches the Mask. Political Pressure Exerted on Sovereign Governments?

4 August 2020 — Global Research

Minister Cites Lack of Evidence that Masks Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Last Wednesday, the Dutch government decided not to impose any “national obligation” on its people to wear masks, reports Reuters.

The reason for opting out of the global masquerade? Minister for Medical Care, Tamara van Ark, asserted that “from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks” after a review by the Netherland’s National Institute for Health.

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Do Masks Work? A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy

April 2020 — Ontario Civil Liberties Association

D. G. Rancourt

Summary / Abstract

Masks and respirators do not work.

There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.

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Coronavirus Fact-Check #6: Does wearing a mask do anything?

6 June 2020 — Off Guardian

Governments around the world are enforcing facial coverings to prevent SARS-Cov-2 infection, but does the science support their use?

As of two days ago, Boris Johnson’s government announced it will henceforth be illegal to use public transportation in the UK, without wearing a mask.

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