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https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/29/these-12-graphs-show-mask-mandates-do-nothing-to-stop-covid/

 

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These 12 Graphs Show Mask Mandates Do Nothing To Stop COVID


No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.


Masks have become a political tool and a talisman. When COVID-19 hit, governments panicked and created enormous fear. The Centers for Disease Control currently estimates a COVID-19 survival rate of 99.99 percent for people younger than 50, but the damage created by the panic was too great to undo.


It is likely that some politicians eventually realized their mistake and needed a way to back-pedal without admitting their lockdowns were a policy disaster. Their solution was for people to put any old piece of cloth across their face and magically believe that it’s okay to go out shopping again.


Masks are not merely a small inconvenience. They have inadvertently become a key impediment to returning to a more normal life, a desirable goal for those seeking to twist the pandemic for political and electoral purposes.


Masks dehumanize us, and ironically serve as a constant reminder that we should be afraid. People can now be spotted wearing masks while camping by themselves in the woods or on a solo sailing trip. They have become a cruel device on young children everywhere, kindergarten students covered by masks and isolated by Plexiglas, struggling to understand the social expressions of their peers. Face coverings are causing real harm to the American psyche, provide little to no medical benefit, and distract us from more important health policy issues.


The mask dogma had many cracks in it from the start. For one, the U.S. surgeon general and the Centers for Disease Control both previously said that “masks are NOT effective in preventing [the] general public from catching coronavirus,” so they were already starting with a credibility deficit. Furthermore, many officials have been frequently caught without masks when they think the cameras are off them. Dr. Anthony Fauci, for example, has been caught doing this multiple times.


Chicago’s mayor and local media were all caught taking off their masks and violating social distancing as soon as a press conference ended. This was caught in a now deleted YouTube video that was shared by a now deleted Twitter account after being retweeted more than 26,000 times. As of the date of this publication, it is still available to view in a crude video of a video that has yet to be deleted on YouTube.


Clearly, some people do not want you to see what politicians do behind the scenes. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a strong advocate for mandatory masking, was caught off camera laughing about how wearing masks is an act of “political theater.”


Faking ‘Science’ to Achieve Political Goals


These same politicians and health officials are so desperate to make people believe in masks that they doctor charts to make their case, even when their own data actually undermines them. So what is the actual science behind masks? Let’s begin by reviewing the leading scientific studies.


The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University summarized six international studies which “showed that masks alone have no significant effect in interrupting the spread of ILI or influenza in the general population, nor in healthcare workers.” Oxford went on to say that “that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks.” They prophetically warned that this has “left the field wide open for the play of opinions, radical views and political influence.”


A study of health-care workers in more than 1,600 hospitals showed that cloth masks only filtered out 3 percent of particles. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated, “[W]earing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection” and that “[T]he desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”


There are many other credible studies showing lack of mask efficacy, such as studies published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Cambridge University Press, Oxford Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Influenza Journal, just to name a few.


Studies do show masks can help in the case of direct respiratory droplets, which would matter if somebody is coughing, breathing, or sneezing directly on your face. That happens normally in a tight and highly confined space.


But the plentiful evidence we have indicates masks would not meaningfully help with aerosol transmission, where two people are just in the same area, or even the same room. This is because the two people end up breathing the same air, with or without a mask, as visually demonstrated in this video.


Now for Graphs about International Mask Mandates


Historical scientific studies do not make a compelling case that universal masking would meaningfully help, so let’s explore real-world situations to see where data leads us.


Austria was one of the first governments to require masks, and it did so about 10 days after its cases began to go down. The level of downtrend did not change or improve after masks were required. After the nation’s people wearing masks for an extended period, cases are currently four times where they were when Austria mandated masks, and cases continue to climb.


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Germany mandated masks about halfway down its original recovery. Their cases are now similarly climbing quickly.


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The French now have around 1,000 percent more daily cases they had when they mandated masks, despite having one of the highest mask compliance levels in the world.


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Spain was not far behind its French neighbor with a mandate. Spain required masks when cases were near zero and has the highest compliance with mask-wearing in all Europe. Now Spain is at around 1,500 percent the level of cases compared to when it mandated masks.


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After three months of requiring masks, the United Kingdom is at around 1,500 percent more cases despite having one of the highest mask compliance records in Europe.


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Belgium required masks shortly after the British did, and now possibly has the highest rate of cases in the world.


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Italy had extremely high levels of mask-wearing despite no national mandate. Recently skyrocketing cases finally compelled them to create one of the strictest mask laws in the world, but the results have predictably failed to slow the rise in coronavirus cases. In fact, cases skyrocketed immediately after the mask mandate went into effect.


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Similar results have been found in Ireland, Portugal, Israel, and many other countries. No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.


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How about the United States? Americans have proven to be highly compliant with mask wearing, even higher than the Germans.


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It is therefore no surprise that the same trends found in Europe are also found in U.S. states. For example, California required masks in June but cases still went up by more than 300 percent and the state remains heavily locked down four months later with still higher cases.


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Hawaii suffered one of the most economically devastating lockdowns of all the U.S. states. It was also an early mover on mandating masks both indoors and outdoors, but cases still went up by almost 1,000 percent.


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With and without mask mandates, Texas and Georgia followed nearly identical case development.


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For those more interested in comparing deaths than cases, we again don’t see a pattern of masks meaningfully helping.


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History does not bode well for times that politics meddles with science. Martin Kulldorff, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a leader in disease surveillance methods and infectious disease outbreaks, describes the current COVID scientific environment this way: “After 300 years, the Age of Enlightenment has ended.”


In the end, it will be the loss of credibility in our scientific institutions, and the unnecessary division they have sowed among us, for which masks will be remembered.

 


I have to say .... that's a pretty convincing and damning article against the left's mantra of *masks, masks, masks*.

 

Also, the first signs that the Age of Enlightenment ended were the *established science* of  AGWalarmism and Dark Matter.  

 

The trend only continues.

 

ALL thanks to the left.

 

Just saying ... :angry:

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17 hours ago, BeAChooser said:

https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/29/these-12-graphs-show-mask-mandates-do-nothing-to-stop-covid/

 


I have to say .... that's a pretty convincing and damning article against the left's mantra of *masks, masks, masks*.

 

Also, the first signs that the Age of Enlightenment ended were the *established science* of  AGWalarmism and Dark Matter.  

 

The trend only continues.

 

ALL thanks to the left.

 

Just saying ... :angry:

 

blah blah

 

taiwan has had 200 days without COVID not a single case. and guess what HEAVY MASK USAGE

 

 

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4 hours ago, FivebyFive said:

Why do medical workers  wear them?

 

So you can't deal with the facts in the article, TROLL?    Well, I'll pay your game for a moment, TROLL.   Let see if you stick around.

 

Why do medical workers wear them?  

 

Hmmmmm ....

 

Well, first I would ask if the mask YOU are wearing is the same kind as the masks that medical workers wear?     Are you wearing an N-95?   No?  Do you know that in June the NY Times had an article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/health/masks-surgical-N95-coronavirus.html that said "Medical Workers Should Use Respirator Masks".   Is that what you mean by medical workers wearing masks, 5x5?  If so, aren't you comparing apples and oranges by comparing us to medical workers?   Do you know the CDC just put out a report ( https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6943e3.htm ) that states "An N95-equivalent or higher-level respirator is recommended for aerosol-generating procedures and certain surgical procedures to provide optimal protection against potentially infectious respiratory secretions and aerosols." Is that what you mean by masks, when you compare us to medical workers, 5x5?    If you want us to do what they are doing, 5x5, shouldn't you be criticizing Nancy, Biden, Schumer, and all the rest of the pantheon of democRAT communists for even suggesting you need only wear a cloth mask to save yourself?

 

So tell me, 5x5, what kind of mask do YOU wear?   A blue surgical mask?  You know, they don't do all that much according to studies.   The FDA has not approved any type of surgical mask for protection against the coronavirus.  The CDC says they aren't sufficient.   Or are you wearing a cloth mask instead, 5x5?   That's what leftist "mask, mask, mask" people say is enough to wear now.   They seem to think they are all the mask protection you need to protect yourself.    And literally everywhere I look I see TDS suffering leftists wearing (often colorful) cloth masks.     Designer masks.    For example, here's your hero Nancy Pelosi wearing one of her many cloth designer masks, made by some poor lady slaving away at a sewing machine.   Notice how it matches her outfit?   Nancy is so chic ...

 

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But do these cloth masks really help?  Since you want to talk about years of medical knowledge, why don't you answer that question, TROLL?    The many charts in the article I posted certainly suggest the answer is no.     Mask have not significantly effected the pandemic.   The progress of infections in countries with no masks looks just like that of countries with masks.   And cloth masks in particular don't help.    Article after article says that they do next to nothing against the virus.   Can you link any medical study that proves that wrong?  That proves use of cloth masks will end this virus so little leftist children can grow up normal ... well, as normal as leftist children can grow up normal considering their parents are leftists.

 

I also ask if you wear your mask the same as medical workers wear their masks?    Did you watch any of recent the NFL or MLB games?   I didn't hear you or the leftist powers-that-be criticizing ANY of those people for wearing their mask WITHOUT COVERING THEIR NOSE.   This was typical of coaches and their staffs .. 

 

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Here's another of your heros, 5x5 ... Chuck Schumer ... out in public with his mask ...

 

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Oops!  

 

Do medical workers do that, TROLL?   Not bother to cover their nose?   No.   Seems you democRATS aren't really all that serious about masks.   In fact, some of your top leaders don't seem to have a clue what a mask is supposed to do.   Do you?   Do you like to wear you mask with you nose out?   Or are you a lazy mask wearer like Schumer and so many in the establishment, BLM and Biden supporting democRAT community?  

 

Frankly what I see them doing is giving lip-service, so to speak, to the idea of wearing a mask.   It is *theater* for the masses, just as one of the democRAT congressmen was heard saying (noted in the article I posted).  Why don't you want to talk about THAT, TROLL?

 

And finally, has mask wearing really prevented health care workers from catching Covid?  

 

Do you know that in September, the nurse's union said "there are at least 258,768 cases of Covid-19 infection in health care workers."   And according the nurse's union, more than 1700 US healthcare workers had died from the virus.  DIED!    Yet they were one of the first groups nationally to wear masks.   Our leaders even grabbed up all the masks and PPE out there so they'd have the supplies they needed.   They got to wear masks ... not us.   Yet hundreds of thousands of them got Covid-19?   How can that be if masks are the panacea you claim, 5x5?    

 

And this just in ...  https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/four-new-cases-of-covid-in-nsw/news-story/7f67125c11bd11b6d438c5aaf9e8a34e .  Health authorities in Australia are now desperately trying to find out how coronavirus was able to spread through emergency room workers who wore asks all the time.   And even in hospitals in the US where they've gotten draconian about wearing masks, other PPE, as well as taking other precautions, they haven't eliminated Covid-19.   This study https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768533 at Mass General Brigham in Massachusetts shows what I mean.   It appears that getting absolutely draconian ... with the best PPE and sterilization procedures available ... reduced the positivity rate amongst staff from ... what's that? ... 14.65% to 11.46%.   It didn't come even close to stopping infections amongst medical staff.  And so many things were changed at one time, it's hard to know if masks were really what reduced the numbers.

 

So tell us, 5x5, why do medical workers wear masks?  Do they really think they'll end this virus doing that?   Or are even they coming to realize that the virus is going to be around for a long time, no matter what we do.   That maybe the Swedes are right after all, about what to do with the general populace.

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3 hours ago, leomon said:

taiwan has had 200 days without COVID not a single case. and guess what HEAVY MASK USAGE

 

Taiwan managed that by doing what you democRATS argued against, moron.  Taiwan's government immediately introduced a travel ban on visitors from China, Hong Kong and Macau.   Taiwanese officials were checking passengers on flights from Wuhan as early as Dec. 31 for fever and pneumonia symptoms.   You folks were calling Trump un-American and racist for even suggesting a travel ban.  You democRATS were calling check9ing passengers boarding planes fascism.    Yet those actions kept the virus out of Taiwan.   Kept it from taking hold.    And keep the virus out of a country, and yeah, you'll have very few cases over time.   And being an island, that was relatively easy to do.   You democRATS, in contrast, even NOW are arguing against measures to prevent illegals from Mexico from flooding the country, and we KNOW they were and still are bringing Covid-19 from heavily infected Mexico here.  

 

Another point.   When Covid arrived, we lacked enough PPE in this country because Obama burned the national stockpile up during H1N1 ... and then ignored what he was advised and didn't replace them.   The truth is, leomon, we have a lots of infections now because of YOU and your evil party's political agenda.     And by the way, Taiwan had another advantage over the US.  They hadn't outsourced their mask production to Communist China like you globalist democRATS encouraged we do over the years.   So when they needed masks, they were able to quickly ramp up mask production to meet their internal needs.   They didn't have to do what Governor Newsom did ... buy substandard masks from the Communist Chinese at exorbitant rates.  Speaking of which ... just for 5x5 ... here's Newsom wearing his mask (notice anything, 5x5?)  ...

 

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Where'd everybody run off to?   ;)

 

Here's something else that interesting ...

 

https://nypost.com/2020/10/30/about-20-of-grocery-workers-had-covid-most-without-symptoms-study/

 

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Study finds 20 percent of grocery workers had COVID-19, most without symptoms 


by Yaron Steinbuch


Grocery store workers — particularly those who interact with customers — are at serious risk of infection by the coronavirus, according to a new study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

 

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The study found that 20 percent of 104 grocery store workers tested at a Boston store in May had positive nasal swab results, according to the network.


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Employees who dealt with customers were five times as likely to test positive as workers in other positions — but three out of four of those who tested positive had no symptoms, the report said.


“We were definitely surprised to see that there were that many people that were asymptomatic,” said Dr. Justin Yang, an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine and a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health who worked on the study.


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Study participants had tried to take precautions.


Almost all of them, 91 percent, said they wore a face mask at work and 77 percent said they also wore face coverings outside of work — but only about 66 percent said they were able to practice social distancing consistently at work.

 


Imagine that.   Mask users who got Covid-19.   And Covid-19 victims who didn’t get sick.   
 

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On 10/30/2020 at 1:35 PM, BeAChooser said:

 

Taiwan managed that by doing what you democRATS argued against, moron.  Taiwan's government immediately introduced a travel ban on visitors from China, Hong Kong and Macau.   Taiwanese officials were checking passengers on flights from Wuhan as early as Dec. 31 for fever and pneumonia symptoms.   You folks were calling Trump un-American and racist for even suggesting a travel ban.  You democRATS were calling check9ing passengers boarding planes fascism.    Yet those actions kept the virus out of Taiwan.   Kept it from taking hold.    And keep the virus out of a country, and yeah, you'll have very few cases over time.   And being an island, that was relatively easy to do.   You democRATS, in contrast, even NOW are arguing against measures to prevent illegals from Mexico from flooding the country, and we KNOW they were and still are bringing Covid-19 from heavily infected Mexico here.  

 

Another point.   When Covid arrived, we lacked enough PPE in this country because Obama burned the national stockpile up during H1N1 ... and then ignored what he was advised and didn't replace them.   The truth is, leomon, we have a lots of infections now because of YOU and your evil party's political agenda.     And by the way, Taiwan had another advantage over the US.  They hadn't outsourced their mask production to Communist China like you globalist democRATS encouraged we do over the years.   So when they needed masks, they were able to quickly ramp up mask production to meet their internal needs.   They didn't have to do what Governor Newsom did ... buy substandard masks from the Communist Chinese at exorbitant rates.  Speaking of which ... just for 5x5 ... here's Newsom wearing his mask (notice anything, 5x5?)  ...

 

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it's also the size of Indiana...

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On 10/29/2020 at 4:13 PM, BeAChooser said:

https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/29/these-12-graphs-show-mask-mandates-do-nothing-to-stop-covid/

 


I have to say .... that's a pretty convincing and damning article against the left's mantra of *masks, masks, masks*.

 

Also, the first signs that the Age of Enlightenment ended were the *established science* of  AGWalarmism and Dark Matter.  

 

The trend only continues.

 

ALL thanks to the left.

 

Just saying ... :angry:

I linked something to the effect of MOST people with Covid positive had used masks whenever going out in public and social distanced and they still got Covid. 

 

Lockdowns have failed, masks have failed, social distancing has failed. 
 

The only country that’s made real progress is the one that never locked down to begin with. 
 

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1 hour ago, Str8tEdge said:

I linked something to the effect of MOST people with Covid positive had used masks whenever going out in public and social distanced and they still got Covid. 

 

Lockdowns have failed, masks have failed, social distancing has failed. 
 

The only country that’s made real progress is the one that never locked down to begin with. 
 

Do you have the link? Tried finding awhile ago and couldn't find...thx...

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