The very first randomized regulated test1,2 to examine the efficiency of medical face masks versus SARS-CoV-2 infection particularly — which journals at first declined to release — is lastly seeing the light of day.
The supposed “Danmask-19 Trial,” released November 18, 2020, in the Annals of Internal Medicine,3 consisted of 3,030 people designated to put on a medical face mask as well as 2,994 uncovered controls. Of them, 80.7% finished the research study.
To certify, individuals needed to invest at the very least 3 hrs each day outside the residence as well as not be needed to put on a mask throughout their everyday job. At completion of the research study, individuals reported having actually invested a typical of 4.5 hrs each day outside the residence.
For one month, individuals in the mask team were advised to put on a mask whenever they were outside their residence. Surgical deal with masks with a filtering price of 98% were provided. In conformity with referrals from the World Health Organization, individuals were advised to transform their mask after 8 hrs.
Antibody screening was carried out prior to the beginning as well as at the end of the research study duration. At completion of the month, they likewise sent a nasal swab example for PCR screening.
What the Danmask-19 Trial Found
The key result was a favorable PCR examination, a favorable antibody examination outcome (IgM or IgG) throughout the research study duration, or a hospital-based medical diagnosis of COVID-19. Secondary end factors consisted of PCR proof of infection with various other respiratory system infections.
Based on the adherence ratings reported, 46% of individuals constantly used the mask as suggested, 47% mainly as suggested as well as 7% stopped working to comply with referrals. So, what did they discover? As you may anticipate, there’s a reason why the scientists had such a tough time obtaining this research study released:
- Among mask users, 1.8% (42 individuals) wound up screening favorable for SARS-CoV-2, contrasted to 2.1% (53) amongst controls. When they eliminated individuals that reported not sticking to the referrals for usage, the outcomes stayed the very same — 1.8% (40 individuals), which recommends adherence makes no considerable distinction.
- 1.4% (33 individuals) examined favorable for antibodies contrasted to 1.8% (44) of controls.
- Among those that reported using their face mask “exactly as instructed,” 2% (22 individuals) examined favorable for SARS-CoV-2 contrasted to 2.1% (53) of the controls.
- 52 individuals in the mask team as well as 39 in the control team reported COVID-19 in their home. Of these, 2 individuals in the mask team as well as one in the control team created SARS-CoV-2 infection — a searching for that recommends “the source of most observed infections was outside the home.”
- 0.5% (9 individuals) in the mask team as well as 0.6% (11 people) examined favorable for several respiratory system infections besides SARS-CoV-2 (second result).
Masks May Lower, or Raise, Infection Risk
All in all, this site COVID-19-specific research study stopped working to provide excellent information to those that firmly insist face masks are a critical element of the pandemic reaction. Masks might lower your danger of SARS-CoV-2 infection by as high as 46%, or it might raise your danger by 23%. In various other words, the prevalence of proof still reveals that masks have basically no effect on viral transmission.
Another take-home factor that you obtain from this research study, which Del Bigtree mentions in The Highwire video clip record over, is that the substantial bulk — 97.9% of those that didn’t put on masks, as well as 98.2% of those that did — stayed infection cost-free.
So, we are ruining economic climates as well as lives around the world, of what, precisely? To secure a tiny minority from obtaining a favorable PCR examination result which, as described in “Asymptomatic ‘Casedemic’ Is a Perpetuation of Needless Fear,” suggests little to absolutely nothing. As reported by the writers: 4
“Although no statistically considerable distinction in SARS-CoV-2 occurrence was observed, the 95% CIs are compatible with a feasible 46% decrease to 23% boost in infection amongst mask users.
These searchings for do supply proof concerning the level of defense mask users can expect in a setting where others are not wearing masks and where other public health measures, including social distancing, are in effect …
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 may take place through multiple routes. It has been argued that for the primary route of SARS-CoV-2 spread — that is, via droplets — face masks would be considered effective, whereas masks would not be effective against spread via aerosols, which might penetrate or circumnavigate a face mask. Thus, spread of SARS-CoV-2 via aerosols would at least partially explain the present findings …
The present findings are compatible with the findings of a review of randomized controlled trials of the efficacy of face masks for prevention (as personal protective equipment) against influenza virus …
Our results suggest that the recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in mask wearers in a setup where social distancing and other public health measures were in effect, mask recommendations were not among those measures, and community use of masks was uncommon.”
Government Tyrants Double Down on Mask Mandates
The researchers point out that results could potentially turn out differently if everyone were putting on a mask. At the time of the study, Danish authorities did not recommend universal mask use as well as most Danes did not wear them. Hence “participants’ exposure was overwhelmingly to persons not wearing masks.”
That possibility, however, is a big “if,” and not sufficient to mandate universal mask wearing. Any claim to such effect is nothing but a wholly unscientific guess. Despite that, many local leaders are now doubling down on mask mandates, some even requiring them to be worn inside your own home when anyone outside the family is present and even if physical distancing can be maintained.5
As an example of extremes, a June 2020 Harvard University paper6,7 even suggested couples should wear face masks during sex. Others are tripling down on masks, recommending you wear two or even three at the same time.8 Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is urging Americans to wear N95 surgical masks whenever possible.9
Epidemic of Spineless Leadership
Missing entirely from most recommendations is common-sense health guidance known to improve your immune function and lower your infection risk naturally, such as supplementing with vitamin D, NAC, melatonin, quercetin and zinc.
As noted by Angela Rasmussen, a virologist and affiliate of the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, in a November 15, 2020, op-ed in The Guardian,10 our immune systems know how to handle the virus; it’s our politicians who have failed to cope with it. She writes: 11
“Most of the evidence in both COVID-19 patients and animal models shows that the immune response to this is quite typical for an acute viral infection. Initially, the body ramps up high levels of IgG antibodies, but after the infection is cleared, those antibodies drop to a baseline level, which may be below the limit of detection of some serological tests.
Antibodies are produced by B-cells, a specialized type of immune cell that recognizes a specific antigen, or viral target. When an infection is cleared, B-cells producing antibodies convert from being plasma cells, which are specialized to pump out massive quantities of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies, to being memory B-cells.
These cells produce lower levels of IgG antibody; but, importantly they persist in the body for years. If they are re-exposed to SARS-CoV-2, they rapidly convert to plasma cells and begin producing high levels of antibody again.
There is no indication that most COVID-19 patients are not developing immune memory, and animals experimentally infected with SARS-CoV-2 are protected against rechallenge with high doses of virus …
Furthermore, antibodies are not the only important part of the immune system. T-cells are also a key component to the immune response. They come in two flavors: helper T-cells, which coordinate immune responses and facilitate immunological memory, and killer T-cells, which kill infected cells. Previous studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 infection induces robust T-cell responses.”
As noted by Rasmussen, the data collected on the responses of T-cells to SARS-CoV-2 infection “underscore that SARS-CoV-2 is not an anomalous virus capable of miraculous feats of immune evasion.”
In various other words, provided your immune function is normal, the virus is as vulnerable as any other virus and you’re not destined to die just because you develop symptoms. So, the reason we’re in the situation we’re now in, Rasmussen says, is not because SARS-CoV-2 is somehow different or more lethal than anything that has come before. We’re in this situation due to political failures.
Mask Mandates Have Had No Impact on Infection Trends
Other data analyses that add support to the Danish study’s results include Yinon Weiss’ work presented in his article12 “These 12 Graphs Show Mask Mandates Do Nothing to Stop COVID.” In it, he shows that states’ mask rules appear to have had nothing to do with infection rates, which is what you’d expect if masks don’t work.
Weiss points out that “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.” To see all of the graphs, check out Weiss’ article13 or Twitter thread.14 Here are just a select few to bring home the point:
Masks Delay Inevitable Acceptance of COVID-19 Reality
What everyone needs to come to terms with is that we have a new respiratory virus in town — one that might stay with us indefinitely. The question then becomes, just how long do we lock ourselves in our homes and shun all social relationships?
How long do we neglect our children’s education and social development by keeping schools closed? How long do we leave our elderly family members to languish in isolation? A better part of the global population has actually essentially stopped living altogether, and for what? For fear of an illness that 99.7% of people recover from15 — an illness that is as likely to kill you as the seasonal influenza if you’re under 60.16
Data clearly show that COVID-19 has not resulted in excess mortality, meaning the same number of people who die in any given year, on average, have died in this year of the pandemic.17,18 Several studies19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26 also suggest immunity versus SARS-CoV-2 infection is far more widespread than anyone imagined.
In an October 28, 2020, Wall Street Journal opinion piece,27 Joseph Ladapo, an associate professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, points out that we really must accept reality and move on with life, unpredictable as it may be. He writes:
“By paying outsize and scientifically unjustified attention to masking, mask mandates have the unintended consequence of delaying public acceptance of the unavoidable truth.
In countries with active community transmission and no herd immunity, nothing short of inhumane lockdowns can stop the spread of COVID-19, so the most sensible and sustainable path forward is to learn to live with the virus.
Shifting focus away from mask mandates and toward the reality of respiratory viral spread will free up time and resources to protect the most vulnerable Americans …
Until the reality of viral spread in the U.S. … is accepted, political leaders will continue to feel justified in keeping schools and businesses closed, robbing young people of the opportunity to invest in their futures, and restricting activities that make life worthwhile.”
There’s Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself
Hopefully, if you’ve been reading this newsletter, you’re no longer incapacitated with fear and are capable of making more level-headed decisions based on the data at hand rather than the fear porn published in the daily papers. For the latest news and top tips for combating COVID-19, check out my Coronavirus Resource Page.
Everything really points to this pandemic being overblown and prolonged for purposes that have nothing to do with saving lives and everything to do with “resetting” the global financial and power structures — none of which will benefit us.
The lockdowns are essentially just conditioning you to accept a radically new way of life — one in which we have limited ability to travel or work, one in which we’re conditioned to being partly or wholly dependent on a government handout, one in which we must submit to being tracked as well as surveilled with little or no right to privacy, one in which the government dictates how you can spend your time, where you can go, who you can spend time with as well as for just how long.
Eventually, once the international economies are in irreparable shambles, the central banks will certainly roll out a debt erasure program to solve all our problems. The price will certainly be your humanity, your freedom. Will you pay it? Or will certainly you withstand the entire deviled system while you still can?