A new study is being hailed as the "Scientific Nail in the Coffin" for mask mandates. But some people will be loathe to give them up.
Aimee, a 44-year-old screenwriter in Los Angeles, likes the “emotional freedom” that comes from wearing a mask: “It’s almost like taking away the male gaze.”
I'm gonna guess here that the "male gaze" isn't a big problem in her life.
I know we all have certain things that most bother us about living through our Lite Cultural Revolution (such as mask hysteria and mask conformity), but one of mine has to be how upscale (mostly white) women (who live in unprecedented freedom and safety w unprecendented opportunity) have hypnotized themselves into believing that there's a big bad patriarchy out there oppressing them.
Too bad masks don't prevent you from spouting groupthink cliches.
Brad, I think you are treading on thin ice when you blaspheme the covidian religion, their high priest, and their preferred talisman, the mask. You clearly run the risk of being struck down by lightning, or maybe by a huge lead mask that falls from the heavens. Be careful, my friend.
Excuse me, “no scientific literature was produced”?
Did you somehow forget that 2 hairstylists in Missouri didn’t spread Covid thanks to their cloth masks to the clients who later responded to a survey?
If that’s not science, what is?
Those masks are the blue team's MAGA hats. Many of those people would scoff at heating food in a plastic container but putting something with lots of plastic and steeped in chemicals on your face is fine...
It's always funny to see bicyclists who are masked but not wearing helmets. Sometimes I wonder if they're also wearing condoms to be extra safe.
It's nuts, man.
Just wait. About 5 years from now, we'll start noticing all these developmental disorders in children who were toddlers when Covid hit. I bet it'll be given its own entry in the DSM, too.
What really gets me is that this is all a big, inflicted injury. In terms of a disease, if the Bubonic Plague was a 10, Covid-19 was <0.5, but just look at how it's turned us all into a bunch of morons (wearing masks outside, placing up silly plastic barriers in public spaces, etc.).
If Trump had said "masks are great" and "HCQ and Ivermectin are dangerous" - the whole pandemic would have been over before it started...
Yes, masks are useless. I wear one every time I leave the house with my wife. She doesn't believe me and it's easier this way.
Maybe this is not directly related but the response to the train derailment plays a part. It has devolved to the point where the people who run these agencies a driven solely by politics and are often appointed for attributes other than skill and intelligence. and from that lens, if the goal of the agency is to secure a political outcome then success can look a lot different than what we would consider it to look lik. And the MSM will memory hole the mistakes. As a frequent flyer, I am rally worried about ATC and air safety.
“CDC - A national embarrassment ... “
YES! Although I think Rochelle Walensky belongs in jail, for life, for the damage she is personally responsible for.
Make what you will of it, but an article in The Atlantic covering the cochrane review just came out. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2023/02/covid-mask-guidelines-fight-cochrane-review/673039/
It is still so common to see people masking be it inside or outdoors I now fully understand why the moron in the White House is in the White House.
“Our confidence in these results is generally low to moderate for the subjective outcomes related to respiratory illness, but moderate for the more precisely defined laboratory‐confirmed respiratory virus infection, related to masks and N95/P2 respirators. The results might change when further evidence becomes available. Relatively low numbers of people followed the guidance about wearing masks or about hand hygiene, which may have affected the results of the study”
Implications for practice
The evidence summarised in this review on the use of masks is largely based on……..The observed lack of effect of mask wearing in interrupting the spread of influenza‐like illness (ILI) or influenza/COVID‐19 in our review has many potential reasons, including: poor study design; insufficiently powered studies arising from low viral circulation in some studies; 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 (Ammann 2022; Brosseau 2020; Byambasuren 2021; Canini 2010; Cassell 2006; Coroiu 2021; MacIntyre 2015; Rengasamy 2010; Zamora 2006).”
They also explained elsewhere that many of these studies were not conducted during the Covid pandemic but during outbreaks of other viruses, many were respiratory infections unlike Covid.
These and other explanations and cautions are critical in science. They explain that their results are of low to only moderate confidence for a number of confounding reasons, situations. Also, they were looking at spread, I believe community spread, so results are limited to that. Masks were believed to help reduce the spread of Covid. They found, with low to moderate confidence, that masks didn’t appear to slow or stop the spread in groups of people. They also noted adherence to proper masking protocols were low. The take away here is that their findings are a limited first stab at understanding masks as a viable community measure to limit spread. They repeatedly state more randomized controlled studies are required.
They do not suggest that an individual who wears a legitimate, properly fitting N95 mask will gain no protection from Covid. To discover that, a study would include have to include, as a minimum, two groups of individuals in similiar settings and exposures: one adhering to proper masking protocols at all times and a control group that does not wear masks. Individuals from both groups would be properly tested for Covid at intervals. I think a take away from this study is that on a community/population scale, masking is problematic as a useful prophylactic to Covid because of the many variances in people’s behavior regarding how, what, where, when they will actually mask.