Masks are ineffective. 70 year meta study concludes.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article "... from literature published during 1946 - July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks..." That's right. The CDC, back in May 2020, concluded masks are NOT effective. But let's not just go with one. Let's do a whole bunch!
A Danish randomized controlled trial with 6000 participants, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in November 2020, found no statistically significant effect of high-quality medical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection in a community setting. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817
Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine found that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth masks against virus infection or transmission. https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/masking-lack-of-evidence-with-politics/
University of East Anglia found that a mask requirement was of no benefit and could even increase the risk of infection. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.01.20088260v1.full.pdf
University of Illinois concluded that face masks have no effect in everyday life, neither as self-protection nor to protect third parties (so-called source control). https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/04/commentary-masks-all-covid-19-not-based-sound-data
New England Journal of Medicine came to the conclusion that cloth face masks offer little to no protection in everyday life. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372
Cochrane review found that face masks didn’t reduce influenza-like illness (ILI) cases, neither in the general population nor in health care workers. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.20047217v2
Norwich School of Medicine found that “the evidence is not sufficiently strong to support widespread use of facemasks”... https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.01.20049528v1
British Medical Journal BMJ Open found that cloth masks were penetrated by 97% of particles and may increase infection risk by retaining moisture or repeated use. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e006577
German professor in virology, epidemiology and hygiene found that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth face masks and that the improper daily use of masks by the public may in fact lead to an increase in infections. https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/a-1174-6591
This is 10 different sources, all of which conclude that masks are ineffective, and may even lead to more illnesses. So, why is this not being discussed, more? Why the flat out lies?
For decades, common medical wisdom was that ONLY IF YOU ARE ILL, should you consider using a mask. If you aren't ill, you don't need to worry. NOTHING HAS CHANGED, scientifically.
Part of what's changed is these fear-mongering commercials. I recall one that has people sneeze or cough, and "it's just a sneeze/cough." But they use some greenish smoke as a special effect, to make it seem more like a problem, than it really is! This plays off your fears of getting ill/dying. Over the years, there are lots of fear-triggers like this. Now, 99% of the population lives in fear over something that the current infection is under 1%! View my post on that, here: https://steemit.com/covid/@theallstarr/covid-had-infected-only-about-1-of-the-global-population-the-recovery-rate-is-about-70
This "new normal" is based on lies, plain and simple. Do you want to spend the rest of your life, wearing a mask. Do you want your business, or others, to be closed, for a less than 1% infection rate, and way under 0.1% death rate? Do you want your kids to be afraid of life? Do you want to be denied the chance to attend church, based on such lies? When you stay silent, you are. Find others who oppose this nonsense, and demand an end!