Top Scientists Agree: “Masks Don’t Work”
By The People's Chemist
Forcing people to wear masks to avoid illness doesn’t work. Top scientists agree. To prove it, study how common bacteria and viruses are spread.
Mask wearing started in Europe. It was first thought to be a defense against contagious diseases in hospitals. The goal wasn’t to kill germs, but to keep them away. Such practices were inefficient and became marginal by the 18th century. This was reported in “A history of the medical mask and the rise of throwaway culture,” published in The Lancet.
Today, the rationale for face masks dates back to 1867. This “idea” marked the birth of “germ theory,” an early hypothesis that came about long before scientists discovered the immune system.
Germ theory states diseases are caused by tiny microorganisms invading our defenseless body. Thus, germ theory was erroneously used to push masks, chemical sanitation, and vaccination, with no understanding that our immune system is our ultimate firewall.
The British surgeon, Joseph Lister pushed germ theory, insisting wounds were caused by germs of “the microscopically small living entities that Louis Pasteur had recently described.” His solution was chemical sanitizers. To avoid this “chemical shit-storm,” surgeons in the 1880s proposed mask wearing. The face mask promised “infection control” without the heavy use of chemicals.
There was instant pushback. The physician, Alexander Fraenkel in Berlin, refused the “whole surgical costume with a bonnet, mouth mask and veil, devised under the slogan of total wound sterility.” He didn’t see germ theory as a risk. He insisted, “wounds healed perfectly, despite the presence of enormous amounts of germs.”
Still, masks became widespread due to a pro-mask media showing images of “masking” during the controversial, questionable influenza pandemic of 1918. As news of flu risks spread, “wearing a mask became mandatory for police forces, medical workers, and even residents in some US cities, although its use was often controversial.”
Later, the flu “pandemic” was hypothesized to be the result of vaccine testing and the heavy use of a new drug, Aspirin, causing flu-like symptoms. Once again, masks were an irrelevant byproduct of media hype, and probably added to worsening health.
One of the biggest risks of contagion is from the bacterial infection, tuberculosis (TB). Each year, 9 million new cases of TB emerge worldwide. The most common cause of spread are aerosol byproducts of coughing and sneezing, making it a great study on mask efficacy.
In a controlled hospital setting, mask use was only slightly effective at preventing the spread of TB from coughing. Writing for American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, scientists found, “Face masks are unlikely to adequately protect those who wear them from acquiring TB infection because they almost always have significant leaks at the mask-skin interface. These face seal leaks are a low-resistance pathway through which aerosolized droplet nuclei may be inhaled.”
State-of-the-art science methods prove masks fail to block viral spread. Viruses are everywhere — so tiny, a grain of salt is 1000 times larger!
Trends in Microbiology highlighted this, showing a single 30-ounce bottle of seawater could contain 1,000 or even a million different viral genotypes! To most people’s surprise, viruses are a big part of our DNA. Wearing a mask to avoid one is ludicrous…and even dangerous.
The medical journal, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, showed “no relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.” Scientists reviewed randomized controlled trials and observational studies published over three years!
The Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed these findings in 2020. In “Medical Masks,” they asserted, “Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory [common cold] infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill.”
The CDC confirmed masks’ ineffectiveness, saying, “Adults can shed influenza virus 1 day before symptoms appear and up to approximately 5 to 7 days after onset of illness; thus, the selective use of masks (e.g., in proximity to a known symptomatic person) may not effectively limit transmission in the community.” In their report, Emerging Infectious Diseases, the CDC evaluated all previous studies on proper mask use and the spread of flu only to find, “In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.”
Virologists and immunologists have compared COVID-19 to the common cold, SARS, and the flu. Given the highly exaggerated risks of COVID-19, masks aren’t the answer—logically, historically, or scientifically. In response to COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted masks should only be used in a hospital setting. They added, “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.”
Mask-Wearing Side Effects
Side effects of wearing a mask include skin infections and illness due to cross-contamination, especially among children. Susan Michie, director of University College London’s Centre for Behaviour Change and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said, “There are several explanations as to why face masks have not generally been found to be effective if worn by the general population: they do not protect against the virus getting into the eyes (only close fitting goggles do this); people may not fit the masks properly or take them on and off; and people may have a false sense of reassurance and thus pay less attention to other behaviors key to reducing transmission, such as hand washing.”
Consider the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by masks. Breathing in carbon dioxide (CO2) is a real threat, causing feelings of panic and anxiety. Scientists writing for the prestigious medical journal, Cell, discovered a group of cells in the brain known collectively as the “amygdala” are bombarded with CO2 in response to mask wearing. Consequently, the brain is triggered with fear, while eliciting acidosis, causing poor lung and kidney function!
Common Sense Wins
Thanks to the lessons of history and science, we can move past the antiquated theories of mask wearing and germ theory—brought to you by the pharmaceutically compliant media.
We can rest easy, knowing the best way to avoid illness is to protect and bolster the immune system—our natural, built-in defense. As proven by Nobel winning science, it adapts and learns how to ward off “biological nasties.” When it fails, the miracles of emergency medicine are always standing by. You can strengthen it by using clean water, hygiene, old-fashioned soap, proper nutrition (avoiding sugar and alcohol), and common sense—even when germ theory and mask wearing are pushed as methods of control and political gain.