The CDC's COVID-19 "How to protect Yourself and Others" website states, "The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected" and that "Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities."
Our world has certainly changed since COVID-19, and many of us now see adults and children wearing face masks not just in stores, but while walking, jogging, riding bikes and playing in open areas and even while riding alone in cars. Covering our nose and mouth when we cough or sneeze and staying home when sick is always a smart and considerate thing to do; however, is there a down side to wearing face masks besides being uncomfortable? The following articles and videos question the efficacy of face masks and explain how they could be compromising our immune system and harming the healthy.
Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy
by Russell Blaylock, MD, Global Research, May 12, 2020
“By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." Read more.
COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Face Masks
Posted by GMI Reporter, May 27, 2020, Originally published by Roman Bystrianyk
"It's clear that the current directive to wear masks by the general public isn't scientifically supported. Even in the case of the flu, here is no conclusive evidence of their efficiency in controlling flu virus transmission. Also, the use of masks can be creating more spread of diseases than it prevents. Personal observations seem to indicate that most people don't know how to correctly put on, wear, or dispose of face masks, and this is causing more harm than good. Moreover, the fear that has been generated by everyone wearing masks because many believe that everyone else is going to cause them to get sick and possibly die and the resultant impact on their psyche and immune system cannot be underestimated." Read more.
The Risks vs. Benefits of Face Masks- Is There an Agenda?
by Dr. Alan Palmer, Children's Health Defense, May 26, 2020
Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill. Read more.
Should Healthy People Be Wearing Masks During This COVID-19 Crisis?
by Patricia Neuenschwander, M.S.N., R.N., C.P.N.P.-P.C, May 2020
For decades, we have known that masks have not been shown to be effective in preventing influenza transmission. How is it that masks don’t work for this virus, but they magically work for the COVID virus?…Fear is driving this recommendation for healthy people to wear masks, not science. Read more.
Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era
This article was published on April 1, 2020, at NEJM.org, (The New England Journal of Medicine.)
We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic. Read more.
Masks Don't Work: A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy
by D. G. Rancourt, ResearchGate, April 2020
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...By making mask-wearing recommendations and policies for the general public, or by expressly condoning the practice, governments have both ignored the scientific evidence and done the opposite of following the precautionary principle.
Click here to read full review.
“I would definitively say, for coronavirus there is no need for masks
and also there is no need for social distancing.”
- Professor Dolores J.Cahill, PhD -
Corona Masks - Infection Prevention...Or Submission-Signaling?
Ron Paul Liberty Report, May 13, 2020
Ironically, as coronavirus deaths continue to decline in the US and as more states are "opening up," there appears to be an increase in mask wearing. Are the face masks going to prevent the spread of the virus? Will they protect people from the virus? Or may they actually cause harm to some people? Or...even: are they a new form of "virtue signaling," a show of submission to the "authorities"? Plenty of prominent MDs - including Fauci not long ago - have condemned the mass masking of America. Are they right? Read more.
"You're not making somebody else sick; you're making yourself sick...especially those with asthma, those with COPD, those living in pollution...This virus is not coughed through the air from healthy people..."
Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD