I was texting with a dear friend recently (who, coincidentally took me to my first TLM so very many years ago); he sent me a few papers on the ineffectiveness of masks, which we all know but it’s still nice to see it in print. The idea occurred to me to link them here for any readers who are fellow healthcare workers. I’m posting these links so that you can print them out, leave them in your staff lounge or forward them on to colleagues, and I’ve added some links from a few other sources
Measuring the quantity of harmful volatile organic compounds inhaled through masks
The operating room environment as affected by people and the surgical face mask
The efficacy of standard surgical face masks: an investigation using “tracer particles”
Wearing of caps and masks not necessary during cardiac catheterization
Is use of surgical caps and masks obsolete during percutaneous heart catheterization?
Postoperative wound infections and surgical face masks: a controlled study
Do anaesthetists need to wear surgical masks in the operating theatre? A literature review with evidence-based recommendations
Patient surgical masks during regional anesthesia. Hygenic necessity or dispensable ritual?
Peritonitis prevention in CAPD: to mask or not?
Does evidence based medicine support the effectiveness of surgical facemasks in preventing postoperative wound infections in elective surgery?
Use of face masks by non-scrubbed operating room staff: a randomized controlled trial
Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery
Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery (2016)
Dubious effect of surgical masks during surgery (article in Danish)
Surgical attire and the operating room: role in infection prevention
Unmasking the surgeons: the evidence base behind the use of facemasks in surgery
Is a mask necessary in the operating theatre?
Possible toxicity of chronic carbon dioxide exposure associated with face mask use, particularly in pregnant women, children and adolescents – A scoping review
Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards?
Capillary carbon dioxide tension increases in hospital staff wearing filtering facepiece masks: a prospective crossover study
CO2 Levels Behind and in Front of Different Protective Mask Types
Etc, etc etc. I could post for days with articles dating back prior to the flu pandemic of 1918. We have known for over a century that MASKS DO NOT WORK TO STOP THE SPREAD OF AEROSOLIZED VIRUSES. The reader should also note that many of the above studies are looking at BACTERIAL infections that develop despite diligent masking in the operating room. It is a scientific fact that viruses are smaller than bacteria by orders of magnitude. Therefore, if a mask can’t stop a bacterial infection, it surely will not stop the transmission of teeny tiny aerosolized viral particles.
It should be readily apparent to everyone that the use of masks during the SCAMdemic had nothing to do with stopping the spread. Instead, this was a very sophisticated psychological operation to dehumanize us, turn us against one another, and strike fear in everyone so they would readily accept the Kill Shot.
If you know any Masked Covidians, charitably send them these links. Encourage them to follow ACTUAL SCIENCE, not POLITICAL SCIENCE!