A new study out of Kansas found that mask mandates could be associated with a higher rate of death in the population due to COVID-19.
The observational study, which was published in Medicine in February considered “whether mandatory mask use influenced the case fatality rate in Kansas” from August 2020 to October of the same year, Town Hall reported.
Dr. Zacharias Fögen authored the observational study titled, “The Foegen Effect: A Mechanism by Which Facemasks Contribute to the COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate,” and wrote the main takeaway was that “contrary to the accepted thought that fewer people are dying due to infection rates are reduced by masks, this was not the case.”
“Results from this study strongly suggest that mask mandates actually caused about 1.5 times the number of deaths or ∼50% more deaths compared to no mask mandates,” the German doctor wrote.
Town Hall pointed out that Fögen’s theory is that hyper condensed droplets caught by masks are re-inhaled and “introduced deeper into the respiratory tract.”
The study focused on Kansas because the decision to force masks was up to the 105 counties and 81 refused to impose them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to insist that masks are an effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. President Joe Biden has made mask usage one of the central themes of his administration. On his first day in office, he signed an executive order requiring masks on federal property and called for their widespread use for 100 days.
The CDC calls for universal indoor masking when a location enters the high COVID-19 community level. There has been a jump in cases across the U.S. There are 13 counties in California considered to be at the high COVID-19 level, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The City-Journal pointed out that the California city of Stockton, which required masks, and Boston, which did not, “had scarcely different death rates, and so advised against mask mandates except for a few high-risk professions such as barbers.”
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the questions surrounding a face mask’s effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This Kansas study is not the first to question the adopted position by the CDC. (See “DANISH STUDY: MASKS OFFER VERY LIMITED PROTECTION.”)
The Danish study was published on 18 November 2020 and found after one month, the difference in infection rates between those regularly wearing masks (1.8 percent) was only 0.3 percent less than those who never put on a mask (2.1 percent).
TRENDPOST: Again, as reported in the Trends Journal for years now, the vast majority of mainstream media either ignore or bury deep into articles any legitimate study showing the ineffectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Selling more fear and hysteria in the reporting of jumping “cases,” never mentioned in the mainstream media is the fact that the day this mask mandate was issued, 18 May, the seven day average of COVID deaths was 304. Yet, one-year-ago-to-date, the COVID death rate was more than double with a 637 seven day average.