Since last spring, many people, including dear friends, have been insisting that masks had suddenly become vital talismans that stop respiratory viral spread.
I’ve consistently argued the opposite throughout. (Here, here, here.) And though I would constantly ask for evidence from anyone suggesting that masks work, rarely was it ever forthcoming. Most often, I was told that there isn’t a lot of evidence suggesting that masks don’t work and that wearing a mask was better than nothing at all, so we should all just do it.
Early in the pandemic, mask mavens suggested that the lack of real-world evidence showing masks’ efficacy was due to not enough people wearing them. In the rare event that real-world evidence was offered, it usually took the form of suggestions that places like Japan escaped the ravages of the pandemic because of their stalwart adherence to masking in public.
Well, as Ian Miller points out on his extremely illuminating Twitter feed, even the few real-world examples that once suggested the effectiveness of masking have fallen apart. Using Japan as an example:
He also presents similar charts which point to the fact that America, while maybe a bit slow to adopt masks last spring, fell in line like good little drones pretty quickly, and by the summer, roughly 9-in-10 Americans were consistently wearing masks. All that masking did little to prevent surges in cases, hospitalizations, or deaths.
There’s still remarkably little or no real-world evidence that masks work, though such evidence has now had ample time to present itself. As such, there are some impulses urging me to immediately go to all of those people who insisted that masks must repel coronaviruses like crosses repel vampires, and tell them “I told you so.”
But that would be an unjust act of vanity on my part. I wasn’t right. Science had been right, for a hundred-plus years. I was simply able to recognize that the 100 years of scientific consensus (which accounts for much of the lifespan for modern germ theory, it should be noted) was very unlikely to have magically inverted in the months between Dr. Fauci telling us that masks do little or nothing to stop or slow the spread of a virus like COVID-19 and his later telling us that we should probably wear two masks as a matter of “common sense,” even if you’re vaccinated.
Long before Fauci’s ridiculous reversal from consensus toward the limits of absurdity, uncountable numbers of American scientists correctly concluded, having the benefit of decades of data mounting for over a century, that wearing a mask for the benefit of feeling safe from viral spread was useless.
As John M. Barry writes in The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, there were attempts to normalize mask wearing back in 1918, with masks “positioned at stores alongside everyday things” like “tobacco” and “mustache grooming” supplies. But “the grim truth persisted,” he concludes, which is that “the masks worn by millions were useless as designed and could not prevent influenza,” because “only preventing exposure to the virus” could do that.
While we might be seeing new developments today that didn’t exist during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, such as a corporate, technocratic oligarchy working hand-in-hand with politburos to suppress any information contrary to what are deemed the politically acceptable “scientific” conclusions, much of what we’re witnessing is just a bit of history repeating.
the pandemic is a farcical play that Shakespeare would have done wonders with the main plot. King Lear comes to mind. Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. well, the country is in ruins and as in most plays the major actor kill each other other or commit suicide. in the end his daughter is left to clean up the mess.
Great plot, change the names and genders of the actor/actresses and it resembles the current pedophile’s administration the play was written between 1605-6. so as history has prevailed, nothing has changed.
Seriously, WTF is wrong with people who crank out damaging disinformation like William Sullivan? There IS compelling evidence that wearing masks is an effective measure that reduces the rate of COVID spread. Anyone with a brain can find an abundance of it. There have even been methodical analytical studies of the entire body of that evidence itself. For example, here’s one from the National Academy of Sciences, “An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19”, which can be found here:
It’s a long and detailed report. Here’s an excerpt from the study’s conclusions:
“Our review of the literature offers evidence in favor of widespread mask use as source control to reduce community transmission: Nonmedical masks use materials that obstruct particles of the necessary size; people are most infectious in the initial period postinfection, where it is common to have few or no symptoms (45, 46, 141); nonmedical masks have been effective in reducing transmission of respiratory viruses; and places and time periods where mask usage is required or widespread have shown substantially lower community transmission.
The available evidence suggests that near-universal adoption of nonmedical masks when out in public, in combination with complementary public health measures, could successfully reduce Re to below 1, thereby reducing community spread if such measures are sustained. Economic analysis suggests that mask wearing mandates could add 1 trillion dollars* to the US GDP.”
*More precisely, that’s a REDUCTION of projected COVID damages to the US economy of 1 TRILLION DOLLARS.
When you consider the negative effects of b.s. like Sullivan’s in terms of both unnecessary deaths and lost dollars, there’s nothing remotely patriotic or socially responsible about it. It’s just the opposite.
Here is current CDC guidelines for masks. Since we all know it’s my body my choice then YMMV.
Don’t feed the energy creature.