In last week’s Trends Journal, we presented a great deal of evidence, backed by scientific studies, that challenges the effectiveness of imposing mandatory mask-wearing by the general public.
Yet, the mainstream media continues to propagate unsubstantiated claims in favor of the mask orders.
Here is an example published in the Wall Street Journal last Wednesday:
“There is no evidence that the masks are harmful for adults, and scientists have reported such measures are essential for society to reopen without a spike in disease and deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says everyone should wear cloth face coverings in public except children under age 2 and those who have trouble breathing.”
To back up its claim, the WSJ provided this:
“Some of the central arguments of mask opponents – such as claims that masks don’t offer significant protection from the virus or lead to potentially fatal oxygen deprivation – rely on information deemed false by Facebook fact checkers.”
In other words, We the stupid People are expected to accept Facebook as the arbiter of good science.
As we pointed out in last week’s Trends Journal with the cover “Sadomaskism: The Love of Fear and Pain,” the WHO clearly stated a few months ago:
“There is currently no evidence that wearing a mask (whether medical or other types) by healthy persons in the wider community setting, including universal community masking, can prevent them from infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.”
We also provided evidence from multiple studies showing:
“The wearing of a mask for prolonged periods of time often causes a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) and is associated with an impairment in immunity. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. The studies also found an elevation in blood CO2 can cause a health condition called hypercapnia [carbon dioxide toxicity].”
While it wasn’t a major story positioned near the front page, at least the New York Times included an article last Wednesday quoting respected doctors and psychologists who point out that wearing a mask prevents human beings from important and healthy forms of communication such as smiling.
The article quotes Dr. Joshua Trebach, an emergency medicine physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine, who said, “I would want to smile to assuage someone’s anxiety, show interest or convey warmth to let a patient know that they could trust me. Suddenly, all that is gone.”
And David Matsumoto, psychology professor at San Francisco State University, points out that when we wear masks, “We’re missing a major piece of that entire communication package.”
But then the Times, like the WSJ and most mainstream media, jump off the careful journalistic research bridge into the waters of unsubstantiated belief.
The Presstitute writing the story on masks states, “But masks are essential for slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially indoors or in large groups, experts say.”
The article does not contain one verifiable expert presenting one piece of hard scientific data to make the case that wearing a mask slows the spread of the virus.
Long forgotten is this quote from the WHO:
“The World Health Organisation advises to only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19.”
On its website, the WHO stated that wearing multiple face masks is “not effective” against the novel coronavirus and can “actually be harmful.”
“Actually be harmful”… goes unreported.
Ban the Expert
As tweeted by Dr. Eli Perencevich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology and an infection prevention specialist at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, “Masks won’t protect the average person. Because they will wear them incorrectly and autocontaminate themselves. I’ve never seen a person practice hand hygiene before removing a mask in public and then after removing the mask.”
As we noted last week, Professor Perencevich told Forbes, “There’s no evidence that wearing masks on healthy people will protect them. They wear them incorrectly, and they can increase the risk of infection because they’re touching their face more often.”
When is it advised to wear a mask?
Mr. Perencevich said, “If you have the flu or think you have COVID, that’s when you’d put on a mask to protect others. In your house, if you feel like you’re sick, you should wear a mask to protect your family members.”
Also minimized by mainstream media coverage is despite all the hype last week that there were 127 virus cases (not deaths) in a city of 21.5 million people, residents don’t have to wear masks outdoors and temperature screenings have declined.
Unlike America and much of the world where the COVID War rages and non-mask wearing people are ridiculed by those in power and the media, Mao Shoulong, a professor at Beijing’s Renmin University, noted, “A city as big as Beijing can’t be in a state of wartime resistance forever.”
Had Enough? Not Allowed!
A group called the “Freedom Angels” is demanding the repeal of mask-wearing orders, referring to public health officials as “public enemy number one.” And a number of individuals have been organizing social media protests against social distancing rules, which are restricting public gatherings.
Facebook has been removing posts that call for people to purposely violate face-mask wearing and social distancing rules, saying they will not tolerate false information about necessary health precautions.
Indeed, only Facebook knows what is true or false, right from wrong, good or bad in the “United Soviet States of Amerika.”