- Dr. Bartholomeus Lakeman's FOI regarding the RISKS OF WEARING A MASK addressed to Public Health England (answer comprised) and similar FOI regarding THE SAFETY OF MASKS WEARING addressed to Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates (26 Oct 2020) and similar FOI addressed to Education Scotland (26 Oct 2020) regarding POLICY ON MASK WEARING - answer here
Study on the CDC website which reviewed ten different randomized clinical trials, world-wide, reviewing highly infectious respiratory virus transmission which found “no significant reduction” in “transmission with the use of face masks.” https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article
Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures, Jingyi Xiao1, Eunice Y. C. Shiu1, Huizhi Gao, Jessica Y. Wong, Min W. Fong, Sukhyun Ryu, and Benjamin J. Cowling (Volume 26, Number 5, May of 2020).
World Health Organization states there “is no evidence wearing a mask by a healthy person in a community setting can prevent infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19” and further concludes “universal community masking” is ineffective at preventing “infection from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.” The WHO recommended against wearing medical masks as they “may create a false sense of security” against COVID-19, while it further went out of its way to reiterate that there is “no evidence available on a [mask’s] usefulness to protect non-sick persons.” https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331693/WHO-2019-nCov-IPC_Masks-2020.3-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Advice on the Use of Masks in the Context of COVID-19 – Guidance, World Health Organization (April 6, 2020)
Even at the end of March 2020, during the peak of the epidemic in Europe… WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/world/coronavirus-who-masks-recommendation-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0LHhez6ASIv6BsS9ZbJwRS3z0tuyd_BAeDdP6qDH0HZCB8LKJ4fmI31Mo
WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said “… there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit – in fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite,”
WHO says there is no need for healthy people to wear face masks, days after the CDC told all Americans to cover their faces (Apr 7, 2020): https://www.businessinsider.com/who-no-need-for-healthy-people-to-wear-face-masks-2020-4?fbclid=IwAR2H8MleINAK9t-BoKqbXAe5_1x7xSHvhBkSca7O_56F5ExANQQfzwPFby4&r=US&IR=T
New England Journal of Medicine,written my several doctors and public health officials with the title, “Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era,”: 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.
Public Health Canada: Masks worn by ill individuals may protect uninfected individuals from virus transmission, but little evidence exists that mask use by well individuals avoids infection.
- Public health measures: Canadian Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Planning Guidance for the Health Sector: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/flu-influenza/canadian-pandemic-influenza-preparedness-planning-guidance-health-sector/public-health-measures.html#a352
Effectiveness of Surgical and Cotton Masks in Blocking SARS–CoV-2: A Controlled Comparison in 4 Patients: https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-1342?fbclid=IwAR3cZA2YUZhV_w9VJfiOozK5VNGM8d9XW9W2Wxa-N-CjfGSwWLoooJZ3ZUA
"In conclusion, both surgical and cotton masks seem to be ineffective in preventing the dissemination of SARS–CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19 to the environment and external mask surface."
Unmasking the surgeons: the evidence base behind the use of facemasks in surgery: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4480558/?fbclid=IwAR0Jonaftzo_vuykmb5_3L-RWfBwC5OLROj_ylcF7Zx4qiQeTD3humkR9z4
An increasingly prevalent belief, in favour of mask usage, is the idea that they also confer some degree of protection to the operating staff from patient-derived infectious material.18 Most obviously, they can act as a physical barrier against blood and bodily fluid splashes during surgery. […]Despite clear evidence that facemasks act to protect the theatre staff from macroscopic facial contamination, there are studies to suggest that they fail to protect surgeons from potentially hazardous sub-micrometre contaminants.21 This corresponds roughly to the size range of infectious bacteria while viruses are even smaller.
Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science
Several meta analyses and studies (4 of them from 2020) concerning mask wearing against flu like diseases, particularly Covid -19, show no discernable benefit for the users....
" The use of face masks, whether cloth, surgical or N95, creates a poor obstacle to aerosolized pathogens as we can see from the meta-analyses and other studies in this paper, allowing both transmission of aerosolized pathogens to others in various directions, as well as self-contamination.
It must also be considered that masks impede the necessary volume of air intake required for adequate oxygen exchange, which results in observed physiological effects that may be undesirable. Even 6- minute walks, let alone more strenuous activity, resulted in dyspnea. The volume of unobstructed oxygen in a typical breath is about 100 ml, used for normal physiological processes. 100 ml O2 greatly exceeds the volume of a pathogen required for transmission.
The foregoing data show that masks serve more as instruments of obstruction of normal breathing, rather than as effective barriers to pathogens. Therefore, masks should not be used by the general public, either by adults or children, and their limitations as prophylaxis against pathogens should also be considered in medical settings."
Aee also: The science behiund WHY face masks don't work (Ben Swann)
Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era
"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. "
Canadian Physicist Reviewing Why Face Masks Do Not Work. http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Rancourt-Masks-dont-work-review-science-re-COVID19-policy.pdf
Why you shouldn't wear a face mask if you're healthy (9News Perth) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqRL1GXu5DE
Do face masks stop the spread of coronavirus? Scientists at Edinburgh University investigate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTA5ndbXaFI
“If you breath, no matter how far it goes, it is still there. And the virus is small enough to remain airborne for hours” (dr. Ignazio Maria Viola)
SURGICAL MASKS DO NOT SAVE YOU FROM CORONAVIRUS: The Best Way To Protect Yourself From COVID-19:
“The surgical mask that I wear in the operating room does not protect against viral transmission; is totally permeable to viruses” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLPRBCNIkCY
Expert explains why face masks won't protect you from Coronavirus Covid-19 (LBC, Feb 26, 2020)
“We don’t recommend wearing a facemask except you are coughing and sneezing a lot.[…] They’re very uncomfortable. And people tend to touch them a lot. And if you touch the front part of your mask and it is wet whatever bugs you coughed out unto your face mask will go unto your hand and you will put it on other surfaces.”
Realities of facemasks in fight against coronavirus exposure l GMA (Good Morning America, February 27, 2020)
“The surgical masks, likely wont protect you according to health officials”
Do face masks really protect against coronavirus?(CBS News, Jan 29, 2020) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmDIL5k-lK4
The CDC says wearing a face mask against coronavirus is actually NOT recommended[…] There’s not much evidence that face masks generally benefit the population.
Should you wear a face mask to stop spread of COVID-19? (ABC7, April 1, 2020) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpjmKc2D0Mg
March 2020: Dr. Anthony Fauci talks with Dr Jon LaPook about Covid-19 (60 Minutes, March 8, 2020)
“The masks are important from someone who is infected to prevent them from infect someone else.[..] There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you are in the middle of an outbreak may make people feel a little better and it may even block a droplet but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is and often there are unintended consequences…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRa6t_e7dgI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR18hSI1QUgXLCOZTjbXJYIME-AyaqiV87PdxoMVXEimErQL6Fv9OSbDS7M
(The last couple of references, to which countless could be added are essential in order to remember the fatal contradiction of officials own previous statements. Dr. Fauci is seen affirming that masks should only be worn if you are sick or taking care of someone who is. Science was at least referenced in February and March by authorities and MSM in order to prove the ineffectiveness of mask wearing)
Dutch government won't require face masks over lack of 'proven effectiveness': https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/dutch-government-wont-require-face-masks-over-lack-of-proven-effectiveness?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true
The Mask Science Is Clear: If You Are Doubting The Science Behind Wearing A Mask Watch This Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QsyG_EgVT4
CDC MASK DECEPTION -- The HEALTHY AMERICAN, PEGGY HALL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUUOq1ksiQQ
ZERO transmission from COVID positive patient: 455 people exposed to asymptomatic COVID positive patient did not catch the virus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7219423/
A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers. Ming Gao,a,1 Lihui Yang,b,1 Xuefu Chen,c Yiyu Deng,d Shifang Yang,e Hanyi Xu,e Zixing Chen,e and Xinglin Gao
“Coronavirus patients without symptoms aren’t driving the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Monday: … Preliminary evidence from the earliest outbreaks indicated that the virus could spread from person-to-person contact, even if the carrier never develops symptoms. But WHO officials now say that while asymptomatic spread can occur, it is not the main way it’s being transmitted. ‘From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,’ Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a news briefing from the United Nations agency’s Geneva headquarters. ‘It’s very rare.’” https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/08/asymptomatic-coronavirus-patients-arent-spreading-new-infections-who-says.html
Wearing respirators come[s] with a host of physiological and psychological burdens. These can interfere with task performances and reduce work efficiency. These burdens can even be severe enough to cause life-threatening conditions if not ameliorated. Arthur Johnson, Journal of Biological Engineering (2016).
When the N95 respirator was tested in use in 2010, the “dead-space oxygen and carbon dioxide levels did not meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ambient workplace standards.”
In a study conducted by the National Taiwan University Hospital fifteen years ago, it was found that the use of N-95 masks in healthcare workers caused them to experience hypoxemia, a low level of oxygen in the blood, and hypercapnia, an elevation in the blood’s carbon dioxide levels. Not only did the mask create dangerously low levels of oxygen and an equally dangerous spike in carbon dioxide in the human body, the study found that “medical staff are at increased risk of getting ‘Severe acute respiratory syndrome’ (SARS) [from] wearing N95 masks….” Lastly, the study’s authors further found that “dizziness, headache, and short[ness] of breath are commonly experienced by the medical staff wearing N95 masks” and that the “ability to make correct decisions” was also likely impaired. The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff, National Taiwan University Hospital (June 2005).
Pregnant women wearing N-95 masks were found to have breathing difficulties associated with the use of the mask. Are Face Masks Effective Against Covid-19? The Science Times (May 25, 2020). “It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as much as 20%” which in turn “can lead to a loss of consciousness, as happened to the hapless fellow driving around alone in his car wearing an N95 mask, causing him to pass out, and to crash his car and sustain injuries. I am sure that we have several cases of elderly individuals or any person with poor lung function passing out, hitting their head. This, of course, can lead to death.” Are Face Masks Effective Against Covid-19? The Science Times (May 25, 2020).
Studies show that headaches in medical professionals are commonly found as a result of mask-wearing, which is a sign of hypoxia: Just under 10% of the healthcare workers in one study experienced such severe symptoms that they were forced to take, on average, two full days of sick leave from their healthcare jobs, while 60% of these healthcare professionals “required use of abortive analgesics because of headache.” Headaches and the N95 Face-Mask Amongst Healthcare Providers. Lim EC1, Seet RC, Lee KH, Wilder-Smith EP, Chuah BY, Ong BK, Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 28 Feb 2006, 113(3):199-202.
A more recent study involving 159 healthcare workers aged 21 to 35 years of age found that 81% developed headaches from wearing a face mask – which is a sign of dangerously low levels of oxygenation – and ALL healthcare workers felt like the headaches affected their work performance. Ong JJY et al. Headaches associated with personal protective equipment- A cross-sectional study among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19. Headache 2020;60(5):864-877.
In this study, researchers examined the blood oxygen levels in 53 surgeons. They measured blood oxygenation before surgery as well as at the end of surgeries. The researchers found that the mask reduced the blood oxygen levels significantly. The longer the duration of wearing the mask, the greater the fall in blood oxygen levels. Bader A et al. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery. Neurocirugia 2008;19:12-126.
In a study of dentists and dental assistants who adopted new protocols since COVID, headaches jumped from 16% pre-COVID to 65%, with half of respondents (49%) noting it was hard to breathe “all the time” and 40% noting it was hard to breathe some of the time. https://www.dentistryiq.com/covid-19/article/14177630/headaches-exhaustion-anxiety-the-physical-and-emotional-challenges-of-returning-to-work-during-the-pandemic?utm_source=RDH%20eVillage%20%26%20Product&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS200611069&o_eid=3982E9300967G0X&rdx.ident[pull]=omeda%7C3982E9300967G0X&oly_enc_id=3982E9300967G0X&fbclid=IwAR1Dr974eARlmMqMikUxsl8XBZjvzOznYcgEFxJLWUoR-n1zjxfUxih_QKY#cid-14177681
( Dr. Margareta Griesz-Brisson, MD, PhD, is one of Europes leading neurologists who is currently based in London, UK. "She is currently the Medical Director of The London Neurology & Pain Clinic ) "The much loved mouth and nose cover…the re-breathing of our exhaled air will without a doubt create oxygen deficiency and a flooding with carbon dioxide. But we know that the human brain is so sensitive to oxygen deprivation that our nerve cells for instance in the hippocampus who can’t be longer than 3 minutes without oxygen, they can’t survive. The acute warning symptoms air headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, concentration, slow down in concentration time…But chronic deprivation, all those symptoms disappear because people get used to it, but your efficiency will remain impaired. And oxygen undersupply in your brain continues to progress. We know that neurodegenerative diseases need years to decades. So if today you forget your phone number, the break-down in your brain already started 20 or 30 years ago.
While you’re thinking you have to get used to your mask and your own exhaled air, the degenerative processes in your brain are getting amplified through the oxygen deprivation…"
On June 9, 2020, CA residents measured their oxygen rate with masks on. The results were nothing short of horrifying. Two of the residents dropped into the 70% oxygenation range within a few minutes of donning the mask – which is the severely hypoxic zone where cardiac arrest, systemic organ failure and death can occur. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YBu-T0P10mYZLR759ljHAWfl3Ds8QVGk/view?fbclid=IwAR3KTMqTMdGb5E7YPBlRdIRy0gMYGq7-KPHSN1ET2SFWzKk8ghMizCpV96Y
Multiple people have now begun to report their own episodes of passing out, convulsions, and worse. Recently, two boys in China died while mask-wearing. You can learn more about the risks by going to the OSHA website – and you can report workplace oxygen deprivation violations to OSHA by calling (800) 321-6742. In the meantime, here’s a quick excerpt from the Feds about necessary oxygen levels at work:
OSHA discussed extensively its rationale for requiring that employees breathe air” with a certain level of oxygen in it: “Human beings must breathe oxygen . . . to survive, and begin to suffer adverse health effects when the oxygen level … drops below [certain thresholds]. Workers engaged in any form of exertion can rapidly become symptomatic as their tissues fail to obtain the oxygen necessary to function properly." Increased "breathing rates" and heartbeat, "impaired thinking and coordination... nausea, vomiting, lethargic movements, and ... unconsciousness" can occur.
In severe oxygen deprivation cases, "convulsions, then apnea (cessation of breathing), followed by CARDIAC STANDSTILL... occur immediately.”
"Even if a worker survives the hypoxic insult, ORGANS MAY SHOW EVIDENCE OF HYPOXIC DAMAGE, WHICH MAY BE IRREVERSIBLE.”
See more on www.Citizens-Rights.org, which has links to studies on mask-wearing, social distancing, and letters to agencies regarding these topics.
The Danger Of Facemasks - Canadian Worker Tests Dangerous Oxygen Deprivation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Y-LAq6i0Aao&feature=emb_logo&fbclid=IwAR0jVx-xU2WCBxHvBxs-LziG5inrIv80pIeJiG7zEIkJe7iQiOVtoX5d5-w
Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy https://www.citizensforfreespeech.org/blaylock_face_masks_pose_serious_risks_to_the_healthy
“The immunity of the mask wearer – and his or her subsequent ability to fight off COVID-19 or any other harmful infection – is actually harmed by wearing a mask. The drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) noted in many studies is directly associated with an impairment in immunity. In terms of the biological effects, what the studies have shown is that the lowered rate of oxygen (hypoxia) in turn inhibits the production of the type of primary immune cells that our bodies use to fight viral infections (known as the CD4+ T-lymphocyte). Functionally speaking, what happens inside our bodies is that the decrease in oxygen causes a spike in the level of a compound called hypoxia-inducible-factor-1 (HIF-1). Once that compound spikes, it in turn inhibits the production of T-lymphocytes we need for our bodies to fight off invaders and infections. Yet worse, the lack of oxygen stimulates a powerful inhibitor of the immune system (a cell called the Tregs), which in turn makes one’s body ripe for contracting a COVID-19 infection and experiencing said illness more severely: “This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19, and making the consequences of that infection much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and if so, having a much worse outcome.” Russell Blaylock, Id. (quoting Shehade H et al. Cutting edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 negatively regulates Th1 function. J Immunol 2015;195:1372-1376. See also: Westendorf AM et al. Hypoxia enhances immunosuppression by inhibiting CD4+ effector T cell function and promoting Treg activity. Cell Physiol Biochem 2017;41:1271-84. See further: Sceneay J et al. Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the pre-metastatic niche. Oncoimmunology 2013;2:1 e22355.
People with cancer may be at a further risk from hypoxia – as cancer cells grow best in a bodily environment that is low in oxygen. Low oxygen also promotes systemic inflammation which, in turn, promotes “the growth, invasion and spread of cancers.” Aggarwal BB. Nucler factor-kappaB: The enemy within. Cancer Cell 2004;6:203-208, and Blaylock RL. Immunoexcitatory mechanisms in glioma proliferation, invasion and occasional metastasis. Surg Neurol Inter 2013;4:15.
Repeated episodes of low oxygen – known as intermittent hypoxia – also “causes atherosclerosis” and hence increases “all cardiovascular events” such as heart attacks – as well as adverse cerebral events like stroke. Blaylock, quoting Savransky V et al. Chronic intermittent hypoxia induces atherosclerosis. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2007;175:1290-1297.
It appears the virus may be able to enter the brain. According to those who practice neurosurgery, in most instances where the virus enters the brain, it does so by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves) – and accordingly – 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.’’ Blaylock, reviewing Baig AM et al. Evidence of the COVID-19 virus targeting the CNS: Tissue distribution, host-virus interaction, and proposed neurotropic mechanisms. ACS Chem Neurosci 2020;11:7:995-998. Wu Y et al. Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. Brain Behavior, and Immunity. Perlman S et al. Spread of a neurotropic murine coronavirus into the CNS via the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Virology 1989;170:556-560.
“The reinhalation of our exhaled air will without a doubt create oxygen deficiency and a flooding of carbon dioxide. We know that the human brain is very sensitive to oxygen deprivation. There are nerve cells for example in the hippocampus that can’t be longer than 3 minutes without oxygen – they cannot survive.
The acute warning symptoms are headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, issues in concentration, slowing down of reaction time – reactions of the cognitive system.
However, when you have chronic oxygen deprivation, all of those symptoms disappear, because you get used to it. But your efficiency will remain impaired and the under-supply of oxygen in your brain continues to progress.
We know that neurodegenerative diseases take years to decades to develop. If today you forget your phone number, the breakdown in your brain would have already started 20 or 30 years ago.
While you’re thinking that you have gotten used to wearing your mask and rebreathing your own exhaled air, the degenerative processes in your brain are getting amplified as your oxygen deprivation continues.
The second problem is that the nerve cells in your brain are unable to divide themselves normally. So in case our governments will generously allow as to get rid of the masks and go back to breathing oxygen freely again in a few months, the lost nerve cells will no longer be regenerated. What is gone is gone.
I do not wear a mask, I need my brain to think. I want to have a clear head when I deal with my patients, and not be in a carbon dioxide-induced anaesthesia.
There is no unfounded medical exemption from face masks because oxygen deprivation is dangerous for every single brain. It must be the free decision of every human being whether they want to wear a mask that is absolutely ineffective to protect themselves from a virus.
For children and adolescents, masks are an absolute no-no. Children and adolescents have an extremely active and adaptive immune system and they need a constant interaction with the microbiome of the Earth. Their brain is also incredibly active, as it is has so much to learn. The child’s brain, or the youth’s brain, is thirsting for oxygen. The more metabolically active the organ is, the more oxygen it requires. In children and adolescents every organ is metabolically active.
To deprive a child’s or an adolescent’s brain from oxygen, or to restrict it in any way, is not only dangerous to their health, it is absolutely criminal. Oxygen deficiency inhibits the development of the brain, and the damage that has taken place as a result CANNOT be reversed.
The child needs the brain to learn, and the brain needs oxygen to function. We don’t need a clinical study for that. This is simple, indisputable physiology. Consciously and purposely induced oxygen deficiency is an absolutely deliberate health hazard, and an absolute medical contraindication.
An absolute medical contraindication in medicine means that this drug, this therapy, this method or measure should not be used, and is not allowed to be used. To coerce an entire population to use an absolute medical contraindication by force, there must be definite and serious reasons for this, and the reasons must be presented to competent interdisciplinary and independent bodies to be verified and authorised.
When, in ten years, dementia is going to increase exponentially, and the younger generations couldn’t reach their god-given potential, it won’t help to say “we didn’t need the masks”.
How can a veterinarian, a software distributor, a businessman, an electrical car manufacturer and a physicist decide on matters regarding the health of the entire population? Please, dear colleagues, we all have to wake up.
I know how damaging oxygen deprivation is for the brain, cardiologists know how damaging it is for the heart, pulmonologists know how damaging it is for the lungs. Oxygen deprivation damages every single organ." ( Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD is a Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist with a PhD in Pharmacology )
Dr. Jenny Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, has warned that it was not a good idea for the public to wear facemasks as the virus can get trapped in the material and causes infection when the wearer breathes in. “For the average member of the public walking down a street, it is not a good idea,” Dr. Harries said. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200315/Wearing-masks-may-increase-your-risk-of-coronavirus-infection-expert-says.aspx
A study found respiratory infection was much higher among healthcare workers wearing cloth masks, with the penetration of cloth masks by particles at almost 97% compared to medical masks with 44%. https://globalbiodefense.com/2015/04/28/cloth-masks-increase-infection-risk-for-healthcare-workers (However, medical masks could be treated with harmful chemicals)
The source of bacterial contamination in SMs (surgical masks) was the body surface of the surgeons rather than the OR environment. Moreover, we recommend that surgeons should change the mask after each operation, especially those beyond 2 hours. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6037910
“There’s no evidence that wearing masks on healthy people will protect them,” Perencevich said, the publication reported. “They wear them incorrectly, and they can increase the risk of infection because they’re touching their face more often,” says Dr. Eli Perencevich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, according to Forbes. https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article240780786.html.
Surgeon General Doubles Down: Masks Increase Virus Risk: https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/960679?section=us&keywords=surgeon-general-adams-masks&year=2020&month=03&date=31&id=960679&oref=m.facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR1AGRsfD7bZwNOM9PZlOcNqdPXn-Sd2EUOQ2acZzTARnRyCPhwPl25BxQY
What the World Health Organization and the CDC have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do not recommend the general public wear masks," Adams told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "There was a study in 2015 looking at medical students. And medical students wearing surgical masks touch their faces on average 23 times. We know a major way that you can get respiratory diseases like coronavirus is by touching a surface and then touching your face.""
Reusing masks may increase your risk of coronavirus infection, expert says (March 2020)
Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy https://www.citizensforfreespeech.org/blaylock_face_masks_pose_serious_risks_to_the_healthy
There is another danger to wearing these masks on a daily basis, especially if worn for several hours. When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages. We know that people who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentrations of the virus early on. And this leads to the deadly cytokine storm in a selected number.
It gets even more frightening. Newer evidence suggests that in some cases the virus can enter the brain.11,12 In most instances it enters the brain by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves), which connect directly with the area of the brain dealing with recent memory and memory consolidation. 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(Russell Blaylock, MD) Blaylock, reviewing Baig AM et al. Evidence of the COVID-19 virus targeting the CNS: Tissue distribution, host-virus interaction, and proposed neurotropic mechanisms. ACS Chem Neurosci 2020;11:7:995-998. Wu Y et al. Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. Brain Behavior, and Immunity. Perlman S et al. Spread of a neurotropic murine coronavirus into the CNS via the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Virology 1989;170:556-560.
"Respiratory pathogens on the outer surface of the used medical masks may result in self-contamination. The risk is higher with longer duration of mask use (> 6 h) and with higher rates of clinical contact. "
FDA voluntary guidance on masks looks problematic. These masks could be treated with harmful chemicals. https://www.fda.gov/media/136449/download
Dangers of Wearing Masks in the Heat and Humidity(Dr. Adrian Divittorio): https://thevaccinereaction.org/2020/06/dangers-of-wearing-masks-in-the-heat-and-humidity/?fbclid=IwAR0PAXNfaWrrUWpCQEawR3yVQe5uj8j6JUbkSO1E1ia53CeiFLo62iaAuyY
“Use of these masks by the general public may impose pressure on the user’s respiratory system and may cause respiratory diseases among its users. THE USE OF THESE MASKS IS ALSO STRICTLY FORBIDDEN FOR CHILDREN,” said Dr Adil Al Sajwani, https://ke.linkedin.com/in/dr-adil-sajwani a family medicine specialist and Ministry of Health and Prevention official, United Arab Emirates (UAE), in a video on Twitter. https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/coronavirus-face-masks-may-do-more-harm-than-good-emirati-health-ministry-says-1.986379
" For children, masks are an absolute no no. Children and adolescents have an extremely active and adaptive immune system…Their brain is also insanely active and has so much to learn…The youth brain is thirsting for oxygen…In children…every organ is metabolically active, to deprive a child’s brain of oxygen, or even just to restrict this is absolutely criminal…The damage because of it cannot be reversed…We don’t need a clinical study for that, it is simple simple indisputable physiology…Conscious and purposefully induced oxygen deficiency is a deliberate…health hazard and an absolute medical contraindication….This therapy, this method, this measure should not be used, should not be allowed to be used. To use an absolute medical contraindication…by force…there must be definitely and serious reasons and they must be presented to competent in-disciplinary independent bodies to authorize this…"
( Dr. Margareta Griesz-Brisson, MD, PhD (see also: Masks are destroying your brain and is worse for the kids (video)
British Medical Journal notes that cloth face masks may INCREASE spread of virus: “This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.” https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e006577
A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers - C Raina MacIntyre1, Holly Seale1, Tham Chi Dung2, Nguyen Tran Hien2, Phan Thi Nga2, Abrar Ahmad Chughtai1, Bayzidur Rahman1, Dominic E Dwyer3, Quanyi Wang4
The study found respiratory infection was much higher among healthcare workers wearing cloth masks, with the penetration of cloth masks by particles at almost 97% compared to medical masks with 44%. https://globalbiodefense.com/2015/04/28/cloth-masks-increase-infection-risk-for-healthcare-workers (However, medical masks could be treated with harmful chemicals)
Cloth masks: Dangerous to your health?: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150422121724.htm?fbclid=IwAR3dfQycSDvIyz6KIZ9bbWrU4EYWTsfupF9LVy5Qw767l3qu5kaEdResX_o
The penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% compared to medical masks with 44%. […]
"Despite more than half the world using cloth masks, global disease control guidelines, including those from the World Health Organisation, fail to clearly specify conditions of their use.
"These guidelines need to be updated to reflect the higher infection risk posed by cloth masks, as found in our study."
Professor MacIntyre said the study's results pointed to the effectiveness of medical masks, in addition to the harm caused by cloth masks.
Masks, false safety and real dangers, Part 1: Friable mask particulate and lung vulnerability (September 2020)
There is no biological history of mass masking until the current era. It is important to consider possible outcomes of this society-wide experiment. The consequences to the health of individuals is as yet unknown. Masked individuals have measurably higher inspiratory flow than non-masked individuals. This study is of new masks removed from manufacturer packaging, as well as a laundered cloth mask, examined microscopically. Loose particulate was seen on each type of mask. Also, tight and loose fibers were seen on each type of mask. If every foreign particle and every fiber in every facemask is always secure and not detachable by airflow, then there should be no risk of inhalation of such particles and fibers. However, if even a small portion of mask fibers is detachable by inspiratory airflow, or if there is debris in mask manufacture or packaging or handling, then there is the possibility of not only entry of foreign material to the airways, but also entry to deep lung tissue, and potential pathological consequences of foreign bodies in the lungs.
- The No 1 Reusable Mask in the UK is endowed with a layer of nano-particles: https://thesmartmaskshop.com/?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral&tblci=GiA8ihTZqMFv4qZA0H33LmhOi_3GmvsF8IplNaBaLzoSISCJklA&fbclid=IwAR31dSe2nsz6xtCGZsRbrIe76KFsWxWexYfgRxWtz4UZsiymek6UCLHWmLk#tblciGiA8ihTZqMFv4qZA0H33LmhOi_3GmvsF8IplNaBaLzoSISCJklA
There is no study pointing to the safety of breathing through materials that contain tiny nanoparticles which could eventually get into the body by breathing them in. However a couple of references make very clear about the real risks involved if such thing would happen:
- Nanoparticles – known and unknown health risks: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC544578/
"Particles in the nano-size range can certainly enter the human body via the lungs and the intestines; penetration via the skin is less evident. […]
The increased risk of cardiopulmonary diseases requires specific measures to be taken for every newly produced nanoparticle. There is no universal "nanoparticle" to fit all the cases, each nanomaterial should be treated individually when health risks are expected. The tests currently used to test the safety of materials should be applicable to identify hazardous nanoparticles. Proven otherwise, it would be a challenge for industry, legislators and risk assessors to construct a set of high throughput and low cost tests for nanoparticles without reducing the efficiency and reliability of the risk assessment. Nanoparticles designed for drug delivery or as food components need special attention.
- Health Effects of Nanoparticles: http://www.nanoparticles.org/pdf/HealthEffects.pdf
- Health Risks Of Nanotechnology: How Nanoparticles Can Cause Lung Damage, And How The Damage Can Be Blocked: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releas…/2009/…/090610192431.htm
Another interesting thing to look further is the 'personalisation" of the Smart Mask using sensors that will track our vital signs and even start glowing if the Coronavirus is detected!...
- Permanent 'Fashion Accessory! ~ EWE Will Be Masked For Life..With High Tech Tracers/Sensors!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SESGYqXGNIo&t=2s&fbclid=IwAR0Qwpu5dBPzNXJwGah4eWb927rojHbQH4yQMYmINYIEw_e1BuYGfJa0YEE
Fact check: Wearing a face mask will not cause hypoxia, hypoxemia or hypercapnia (USA TODAY) https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/05/30/fFACE MASKSact-check-wearing-face-mask-not-cause-hypoxia-hypercapnia/5260106002/
Will a mask give the wearer hypoxia? Simply, no.
"This misinformation may arise from the feeling of lack of air due to mechanical obstruction depending on the type of mouthpiece we are using. But the feeling of obstruction is because we are not used to using the mouth mask. But as such it will not cause us any kind of hypoxia," Dr. Daniel Pahua Díaz, an academic from the Department of Public Health at the National Autonomous University of Mexico medical school, told Animal Político earlier in May.
Additionally, the CDC told Reuters, "The CO2 will slowly build up in the mask over time. However, the level of CO2 likely to build up in the mask is mostly tolerable to people exposed to it ... It is unlikely that wearing a mask will cause hypercapnia."
SCIENCE PAPERS REFERENCES – NONE.
Wearing face masks does not cause hypercapnia or affect the immune system (HEALTH FEEDBACK): https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/wearing-face-masks-does-not-cause-hypercapnia-or-affect-the-immune-system/?fbclid=IwAR08Mn1FP8l5JP3-WsANKfdcc0DH1f0q_3oKCRaEgSzhl28sz2dt_dr5l6Q
“Take surgeons, for example—during long procedures, they wear surgical masks for hours with no ill-effects on their carbon dioxide levels. Having a surgeon with an altered mental state would not be in the best interests of either the patient or the surgeon and thankfully, this simply does not happen.”
It is unfortunate that these posts are not supported by rigorous scientific evidence. Indeed, wearing a surgical mask for short periods of time does not impact significantly physiological respiratory variables and thus, whenever a rise in CO2 occurs in the “dead space” of the mask, it is unlikely that the magnitude of this increase would be sufficient to impair immune, neurological, or cardiovascular homeostasis. Further large-scale studies are required to verify the effect of wearing a mask for a longer period: indeed, while one possible outcome of wearing face masks is the retention of carbon dioxide, another possible outcome could be excessive ventilation leading to hypocapnia, that is, a state of reduced carbon dioxide in the blood.
Until these studies are available, making such claims without supporting scientific evidence is hazardous and dangerous, especially in this very historical moment. (Sofia Morra, Cardiologist, Erasme University Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles:)
SCIENCE PAPERS REFERENCES - IRRELEVANT:
1 – Zhu et al. (2020) A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019. New England Journal of Medicine.
2 – Roberge et al. (2010) Surgical mask placement over N95 filtering facepiece respirators: physiological effects on healthcare workers. Respirology. 2010.
3 – Gefen et al. (2020) Device-related pressure ulcers: SECURE prevention. Journal of Wound Care.
No, face masks don’t reduce oxygen in blood – and won’t kill you - AFRICA CHECK
“For masks to cause hypoxia, they would have to be hermetically glued to our skin, an expert told fact-checking organisation AFP, which also debunked this claim.”
“In a slightly larger study of 87 healthcare workers, test subjects reported increased levels of discomfort after wearing surgical masks and N95 respirators for three hours. But the study did not say blood oxygen levels were a concern.”
“this risk is why people who care for Covid-19 patients, such as healthcare workers, are advised to wear disposable masks, and discard the masks after they have seen each patient. – Keegan Leech
SCIENCE PAPERS REFERENCES – NONE.
And, finally as a necessary CITIZEN’S INVESTIGATION IN THE RELIABILITY OF THE FACT CHECKERS, please see James Corbett’s Report: Who Will Fact Check the Fact Checkers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtirKL_XmGg
(Masks and Vaccines - incl. new Covid vaccines topic included)
- see also for similar testimonies :DOCTORS SPEAK OUT ON MISINFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CORONAV America's Frontline Doctors
Masks are not mandatory everywhere, not even among the industrialized countries...
A recent CDC study finds among other that in two groups of symptomatic adults that received positive versus negative Covid-test results (the ones with negative results being called the 'controlled group") the wearing of masks didn't make much different... In fact, 89% of those who tested negative wore the mask often or always, while 85% of those diagnosed positive did the same...
This of course, giving credibility to their own famous diagnostic tool, the PCR test.
Here is the study: Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020:
"a randomised study published by scientists at Copenhagen University, thought to be the best of its kind so far, found no statistical evidence that they offer any protection whatsoever.
Reacting to the finding in a column in The Spectator today, Oxford University's Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr Tom Jefferson said there had been 'a troubling lack of robust evidence on face masks and Covid-19'.
There have only been three 'real life' studies comparing mask-wearers to non-mask-wearers — one in Guinea-Bissau, one in India and the new Denmark study. All have shown masks to have no benefit in preventing the disease.
But the experts added: 'Now we have properly rigorous scientific research we can rely on, the evidence shows wearing masks in the community does not significantly reduce the rates of infection.' "
- See also: Masks 'DON'T stop you getting Covid': Top experts criticise 'troubling lack of evidence' to justify wearing them after major Danish study concluded they don't protect the wearer (19.11.20, Daily Mail)
Masks rapidly reduce the body's oxygen levels (hypoxemia) which compromises your immune system; this has multiple, adverse effects and is especially detrimental to those with pre-existing conditions including asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The elderly and immunocompromised* individuals (see below) are at greatest risk.
*Examples of persons with weakened immune systems include those with HIV/AIDS; cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs; and those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system (e.g., congenital agammaglobulinemia, congenital IgA deficiency). The risk of developing severe disease may differ depending on each person’s degree of immune suppression.
“Oxygen deficiency. An oxygen deficient atmosphere has an oxygen content below 19.5% by volume. Oxygen deficiency may occur in confined spaces, which include, but are not limited to, storage tanks, process vessels, towers, drums, tank cars, bins, sewers, septic tanks, underground utility tunnels, manholes, and pits.”
SOURCE - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Technical manual, Section VIII: Chapter 2, III. General Information, B. Airborne (or Respiratory) Hazards, 7. Oxygen deficiency.
FACE MASKS ARE LETHAL - CANADIAN WORKPLACE TEST CONFIRMS DANGEROUS OXYGEN DEPRIVATION (Bitchute video, June 2020) Oxygen level without masks: 20.5; with mask drops to 17.5 in matter of seconds
FACE MASK CO2 TEST USING OSHA-APPROVED METER (Del Bigree and son test video: >8000 ppm in 20 sec, >5000 ppm indicates toxicity levels; face shield up to +1500, cloth mask >9000)
A Nurse destroys the Mask Illusion (July 2020) - creating an acidotic state in the body, a ph-unbalance due to CO2 breathing in, plus also your own bacterial flora; lack of effectivity against viruses is also obvious
Government trained OSHA mask experts Tammy Clark & Kristen Meghan join Del in-studio to break down vital info on masks, PPE, and their role in #Covid19 prevention (The HIGHWIRE)
Masking lack of evidence with politics (23 July 2020) by Tom Jefferson, Carl Heneghan shows the poor scientific data available concerning face masks wearing and the particular doubts concerning cloth masks. In one study it was found that " This trial found ILI (Influenza Like Illnesses)rates were 13 times higher in Vietnamese hospital workers allocated to cloth masks compared to medical/surgical masks, RR 13.25, (95%CI 1.74 to 100.97) and over three times higher when compared to no masks, RR 3.49 (95%CI 1.00 to 12.17). "
- agives a negative answer to the question. " In the current epidemiological situation in Norway, wearing facemasks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is not recommended for individuals in the community without respiratory symptoms who are not in near contact with people who are known to be infected "
Other interesting claims:
"There is evidence of a protective effect of medical facemasks against respiratory infections in community settings. However, study results vary greatly. Randomised trials from community settings indicate a small protective effect. [...]. There is no reliable evidence of the effectiveness of non-medical facemasks in community settings. There is likely to be substantial variation in effectiveness between products. However, there is only limited evidence from laboratory studies of potential differences in effectiveness when different products are used in the community. Given the low prevalence of COVID-19 currently, even if facemasks are assumed to be effective, the difference in infection rates between using facemasks and not using facemasks would be small. Assuming that 20% of people infectious with SARS-CoV-2 do not have symptoms, and assuming a risk reduction of 40% for wearing facemask, 200 000 people would need to wear facemasks to prevent one new infection per week in the current epidemiological situation. "
Oklahoma Doctors Claim Masks are Harmful to Healthy People and File Lawsuit Against Mandates (Sept 2020) " Optometrist Robert Zoellner, Clay Clark, Dr. James Meehan, MD, and other Tulsa-based business owners are asking the city to immediately repeal the mask mandate which was passed by city council last month.
The group alleges wearing masks is causing healthy people to become sick while trying to prevent the spread of a disease that is not a deadly threat to children and much of the public.
“On the OSHA website it states that employers shouldn’t make employees work in an environment where they have less than a 19.5 percent oxygen level,” said Clayton Clark, one of the plaintiffs. “And the mandated masks cause employees to dip below a 19.5 percent oxygen level within 10 seconds of wearing a mask, so I don’t want to make my healthy employees sick.”"
Scientist specialized in organic chemistry shows how cloth masks are a source of infection due to the accumulation of viruses on their surface and the common touching of them: The Year of Disguises
(October 16, 2020 )
Similar conclusions are confirmed by Dr. James Meehan, MD who warned that "mask wearing has “well-known risks that have been well-studied and they’re not being discussed in the risk analysis.
“I’m seeing patients that have facial rashes, fungal infections, bacterial infections. Reports coming from my colleagues, all over the world, are suggesting that the bacterial pneumonias are on the rise.
“Why might that be? Because untrained members of the public are wearing medical masks, repeatedly… in a non-sterile fashion… They’re becoming contaminated. They’re pulling them off of their car seat, off the rearview mirror, out of their pocket, from their countertop, and they’re reapplying a mask that should be worn fresh and sterile every single time.” Medical Doctor Warns that “Bacterial Pneumonias Are on the Rise” from Mask Wearing - 6 Oct 2020
- Consider also that a study authored by dr. Fauci & others showed the Predominant Role of Bacterial Pneumonia as a Cause of Death in Pandemic Influenza: Implications for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness - " Conclusions. The majority of deaths in the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic likely resulted directly from secondary bacterial pneumonia caused by common upper respiratory-tract bacteria. "
4-Year-Old Almost Dies due to Lung Infection Caused by Prolonged Mask Wearing – Doctor Rants “How Many Children Must Die?” (Dr. Eric Nepute's report, Nov 2020)
Couple of NIH studies from 2004-2020 all finding verifiable health effects from wearing a face mask, including scientifically verified reduction is blood oxygen level:
Though WHO supports facemasks only for Covid-19 patients, healthy "social exercisers" too exercise strenuously with customized facemasks or N95 which hypothesized to pose more significant health risks and tax various physiological systems especially pulmonary, circulatory and immune systems. Exercising with facemasks may reduce available Oxygen and increase air trapping preventing substantial carbon dioxide exchange. The hypercapnic hypoxia may potentially increase acidic environment, cardiac overload, anaerobic metabolism and renal overload, which may substantially aggravate the underlying pathology of established chronic diseases. Further contrary to the earlier thought, no evidence exists to claim the facemasks during exercise offer additional protection from the droplet transfer of the virus. Hence, we recommend social distancing is better than facemasks during exercise and optimal utilization rather than exploitation of facemasks during exercise.
" Wearing a surgical mask modifies significantly and clinically dyspnea without influencing walked distance. "
Breathing through N95 mask materials have been shown to impede gaseous exchange and impose an additional workload on the metabolic system of pregnant healthcare workers, and this needs to be taken into consideration in guidelines for respirator use. The benefits of using N95 mask to prevent serious emerging infectious diseases should be weighed against potential respiratory consequences associated with extended N95 respirator usage.
This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated.
If you expect people to wear a mask. Please provide evidence for all of the below:
1. Evidence that masks prevent infection.
2. Evidence that masks don’t cause oxygen deprivation which can lead to seizures.
3. Evidence that breathing in your own carbon dioxide does not cause bacterial infections and respiratory disorders.
4. Evidence that wearing masks does not cause stress and anxiety.
5. Evidence that wearing masks prevented the spread of the Spanish Flu.
6. Evidence that dismissal for not wearing a mask at work would not represent a material breach of the Equality Act, which entitles you to claim compensation for discrimination, as well as unfair dismissal.
7. Evidence that the government lurgy has ever been proven to exist.
8. Evidence that the Coronavirus Act and the regulations which arose out of it are not adjudged to be repugnant and void under the common law.
9. Evidence that it is not a crime ancillary to genocide to collaborate with government policy, which has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in care homes and hospitals.
10. Evidence that the government has not relied upon fraudulent data to frighten the population into fearful compliance with its legally unenforceable diktats. (Daniel Patel)