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Masks Don’t Stop COVID Spread: Study of 78 Randomized Controlled Trials (1/30/2023)

Posted by FactReal on February 18, 2023

A scientific review of 78 RCTs (Randomized Controlled Trials) found masks do almost nothing to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19
Findings Summary:
– “[W]earing a mask may make little to no difference in how many people caught a flu‐like illness/COVID‐like illness (9 studies; 276,917 people); and probably makes little or no difference in how many people have flu/COVID confirmed by a laboratory test (6 studies; 13,919 people)”
– “[W]earing N95/P2 respirators probably makes little to no difference in how many people have confirmed flu (5 studies; 8407 people); and may make little to no difference in how many people catch a flu‐like illness (5 studies; 8407 people), or respiratory illness (3 studies; 7799 people).”
– “Following a hand hygiene programme may reduce the number of people who catch a respiratory or flu‐like illness…”
Read the study:
Title: ‘Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses‘ (Archive)
By: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews via Cochrane Library
Date: January 30, 2023
Note: The review includes “results from studies from the current COVID‐19 pandemic.”

Authors’ Conclusions:
– “The pooled results of RCTs did not show a clear reduction in respiratory viral infection with the use of medical/surgical masks.”
– “There were no clear differences between the use of medical/surgical masks compared with N95/P2 respirators in healthcare workers when used in routine care to reduce respiratory viral infection.”
– “Hand hygiene is likely to modestly reduce the burden of respiratory illness…”

About Cochrane
The Cochrane Library is “collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. ”
Dr. Malone: “The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. …are recognised as the gold standard in evidence-based health care”

– Dr. Vinay Prasad: Masks have no good data to support them| It is a religion, not a science:

The science did not change. Public health experts started lying. We never had good data that mask mandates help, or that mask advice (a softer policy) improves outcomes. Yet it was widely pushed— most likely to distract from true federal failures. […]

But the real failure is NIAID and CDC. It is Tony Fauci.

Fauci controlled NIAID budget. He could have run 10 RCTs of masking – different masks, different ages, different settings. He chose to run zero. Instead he went on TV, 1000 times and lied about effectiveness of cloth masks. The first time on 60 mins he told the truth, the rest were lies.

– Dr. Eli David:

– Dr. Robert Malone:

FAUCI IN MARCH 2020: “No reason to be walking around with a mask.”
Fauci in the now-infamous interview on CBS ’60 Minutes’ (March 8, 2020)

Fauci: “Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks.”

Fauci: “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

Fauci: “When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences – people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”

Fauci: “When you think ‘mask,’ you should think of health care providers needing them and people who are ill.”

Fauci: “It could lead to a shortage of masks for the people who really need it.”


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