Updated 7/14/2020 -- Scroll down for recently added information regarding Covid-19 and face masks.
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, studies 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, Technocracy News & Trends, May 11, 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.
Mask Facts - AAPS (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons)
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D., June 1, 2020
"As described above, the wide use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not supported by current evidence and carries uncertainties and critical risks.” Read more.
Why Masks Do More Harm Than Good
by Michael Gaeta, DAOM, MS, CDN
Learn the science that debunks the baseless propaganda and harmful public policies. Watch video here. More from Dr. Gaeta at https://www.michaelgaeta.com.
Can surgical masks protect you from getting the flu
by Manal Mohammed, The Conversation (Medical X press), October 17, 2019
Surgical masks are sometimes referred to as courtesy masks, suggesting that some people wear them for the same altruistic reason surgeons wear them: to stop others getting their germs. But as the studies in operating theatres show, this benefit is dubious. Read more.
Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks
by Jim Meehan, MD, June 14, 2020
As a physician and former medical journal editor, I've carefully read the scientific literature regarding the use of face masks to mitigate viral transmission. I believe the public health experts have community wearing of masks all wrong. What follows are the key issues that should inform the public against wearing medical face masks during the CoVID-19 pandemic, as well as all future respiratory disease pandemics. Read more.
Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of
by Olga Perski and David Simons, Published June 29, 2020, The Vaccine Reaction
When deciding if a safety measure is worth introducing at scale, it’s important to balance any benefits against potential harms. Here are four potential consequences that, unless mitigated against, could make things worse. Read more.
We Do Not Consent
by Simone Gold, MD, JD, ABEM, Board Certified Emergency Physician, Stanford Educated Attorney, June 26, 2020
It is clear to me as a physician-lawyer that the disinformation about both Covid-19 and the Constitution has caused us to turn a medical issue into a legal crisis. The scientific usefulness of a mask has been so aggressively overstated, and the foundational importance of the Constitution has been so aggressively understated, that we have normalized people screaming obscenities at each other while hiking. The Covid virus was supposed to be contained in the kind of lab where people wear astronaut suits and go through triple sealed doors. It is a con of massive proportion to assert that now, having escaped those environs, a bandana will magically do the trick. Read more
Masking Reports & Citations
by Vaccine Choice Canada, June 21, 2020
(Note: This resource includes 25+ links to articles, videos, studies, etc., some which are listed individually in this VCPC post.)
As demonstrated in multiple reviews of the published science on the ability of masks and respirators to prevent viral respiratory illnesses, there is no high quality research that definitively concludes masking is protective...In these Resources, we provide you with information on masking obtained from a number of well researched sources to help you make an informed decision on this contentious topic. We encourage you to share this information with others. Read more.
Is There Really Strong Evidence for Wearing Masks?
by Mercola.com, June 19, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been conflicting advice about wearing face masks or face coverings, even within the same public health agencies. Read more. Watch video.
Interview: COVID-19 and the Great Mask Debate
by Jeremy R. Hammond, June 17, 2020
Do executive orders for universal mask wearing in community settings make sense? Are they evidence-based measures for preventing transmission of SARS-CoV-2?
Read more. Listen to interview.
Do Masks and Respirators Prevent Viral Respiratory Illnesses? An Interview with Professor Denis Rancourt
by Kim Petersen, June 15, 2020
...Rancourt is wedded to the evidence, and he is unafraid to make known his conclusion even though it goes against the mainstream consensus. His article, “Masks Don’t Work: A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy,” is Rancourt at his iconoclastic finest. He concludes, "No RCT [randomized control trial] study with verified outcome shows a benefit for HCW [health care workers] or community members in households to wearing a mask or respirator. There is no such study. There are no exceptions." Read more.
The Cult of the Mask
by Susan Claire Potts, PhD, June 9, 2020
“We’d better open our eyes to the indoctrination that’s going on here. We’re being corralled into a collective unconsciousness. Wearing a mask has nothing to do with disease.
New York Times Laughably Lies That the Mask Debate is 'Settled'
by Jeremy R. Hammond, June 5, 2020
The statist New York Times says science unequivocally supports universal mask use, but its own cited sources illustrate what a ludicrous assertion that is. Read more.
Dangers of Wearing Masks in the Heat and Humidity
The Vaccine Reaction, June 1, 2020
You add heat, humidity, probably months of more physical inactivity than usual because of social isolation and distancing, and now you mask up, it’s certainly going to make it a lot more difficult to breathe, which can lead to further respiratory complications. Read more. Watch video.
Dr. Vernon Coleman
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. Read more.
“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