Rand Paul Ridicules Mask-Wearing as ‘All About Submission’ to Government

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said “no science” is able to corroborate mask mandates across the country, warning Americans that “submission” is the real aim of public health officials.

The Republican senator on Saturday reiterated remarks he made to Fox Business Thursday that “there’s no science to keeping schools closed, and there’s actually no good science to keeping restaurants closed, in fact there’s no good science that anything we’ve done has changed the trajectory” of the pandemic.

Speaking with Breitbart News at the Turning Point USA convention—a gathering of young conservatives—in West Palm Beach, Florida, Paul said minor health precautions as simple as washing one’s hands and keeping socially distant have made “no difference” in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Paul, who practiced ophthalmology for 18 years before becoming a senator in 2010, ridiculed government mandates and just about any other public health measure taken since the start of the pandemic in March. Previous reports have noted that Paul’s medical certification is contested by some national ophthalmology board members.

He warned young Americans their high school graduation ceremonies and possibly their 10-year wedding anniversaries a decade from now will be banned by the government if “we’re not careful” to protect our individual freedoms today.

“Every one of the mandates—and you look in country after country, state after state — you look at when the mask mandates went in—the incidents went up exponentially after the mandates. Restaurants, nobody can eat in a restaurant, there’s no science behind any of that,” Paul told Breitbart’s editor-in-chief, who mocked masks as “face diapers.”

Regardless of Paul’s remarks, the federal government that employs him does not agree with his anti-mask sentiment. “Wearing a cloth face mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands are good practices that help protect us and our neighbors from COVID-19 as our economy reopens,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tells Americans in a statement issued this summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also put out similar warnings to health-conscious citizens looking to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Paul embraced the Breitbart editor’s mockery of wearing masks, noting later in the interview, “It’s like wearing your underwear. You might as well cut your underwear up and wear your underwear as protection. It doesn’t work.”

“None of it really makes any sense, and there’s no epidemiological evidence. You know, it’s like, ‘Wash your hands, stand six feet apart,'” Paul continued. “There’s no evidence that that slowed down the [spread]. The trajectory of the virus hasn’t been altered at all by any of these things.”

Source: Newsweek

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ke4ram
ke4ram
2 months ago

So, calling is a face diaper is mockery…. how about calling it what it really is? A Holy Rag since we are discussing what has become a cult. Years ago, with much more intelligent people had something called a handkerchief which sufficed in reducing the spray of a cough or sneeze.

What we have today is mindless bots of the Jim Jones era and the kool aid is the experimental concoction they want to inject.

Normally I could care less is they want to look and act stupid but the problem with a cult is they want to force everyone into their church.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Asians wear masks and their COVID control is very good. I remember reading a story about an Australian woman who came to China and decided to go on a run without a mask, the police arrested here and she was deported.
Until the election the majority of Trump supporters did not wear masks.
Results speak for themselves instead of empty ideology and political posturing.

XRGRSF
XRGRSF
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

Asians have always tended to wear masks to protect themselves from pollution. The WooHooFlu has already burned out, and the only people who are spreading it are propaganda freaks like you.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  XRGRSF

What are the COVID fatalities and infections in China compared to US?

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

can you be more dim? the nations that rejected covidian cult martial law, masks, closed nothing and where masks are rare enjoy the lowest per capita Covid deaths—Belarus, Russia, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Japan, numerous African nations, etc,,,per capita deaths in USA 50 for each death in China…they don’t teach thinking in your trailer park?

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

It is pretty hard to beat the American rate of survival, as reported by the CDC.
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Albert Mesrine
Albert Mesrine
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

”A German court has recently ruled that unequivocal scientific evidence shows that wearing masks for long periods of time causes significant brain damage, via oxygen deprivation and carbon dioxide poisoning. Yet the UK government continues to mandate mask wearing in all public settings, including schools and universities, when there is no evidence of any benefit derived from mandating that they be worn”.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  Albert Mesrine

The proof is in the pudding:

Japan has 218 k infections and 3062 deaths.

Hong Kong 8.5 k infections and 136 deaths

S. Korea. 56.872 k infections and 808 deaths.

Vietnam. 1.4. K infections and 35 deaths

Malaysia. 104 k infections and 451 deaths

Singapore 58.5 k infections. and 29 deaths

Indonesia. 707 k infections and 21k deaths

Therefore what we have here according to the court ruling is that there are over 2billion Asians with “ oxygen depravation and brain damage” containing the ravages of the pandemic.

In the meantime societies that feel burdened by wearing masks show the following numbers:

US 19 million infections and 332k deaths

Germany 1.65 million infections and. 29.46k deaths

France. 2.55 million infections and 62.5k deaths

England. 1.94 million infections and 61.4K deaths.

What does this comparison tell us?
Cultural parameters impart certain behavioral characteristics, whereby the western world has trouble coping with individual discipline and setting their priorities in proper order, while Asians do much better.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

u r an idiot—-Russia no masks 35,000 deaths, Belarus no masks, 500 deaths, Nicaragua no masks, 151 deaths, Uruguay no masks–121 deaths
u r too stupid to recognize PCR creates 80-97% false positives

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

You and your idiot philosopher you follow trains your mind towards conspiracy theories.

Here is a headline to refute your nonsense

Russia Issues National Mask Mandate After Coronavirus Cases Surge

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

You and your idiot philosopher you follow trains your mind towards conspiracy theories.

Here is a headline to refute your nonsense

Russia Issues National Mask Mandate After Coronavirus Cases Surge

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

“”” u r too stupid to recognize PCR creates 80-97% false positives”””

Right, what causes COVID induced death, and administered treatments that save lives?

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

“”” u r too stupid to recognize PCR creates 80-97% false positives”””

Right, what causes COVID induced death, and administered treatments that save lives?

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

u r an idiot—-Russia no masks 35,000 deaths, Belarus no masks, 500 deaths, Nicaragua no masks, 151 deaths, Uruguay no masks–121 deaths
u r too stupid to recognize PCR creates 80-97% false positives

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

The comparison tells us there are plenty of people in government service willing to lie to support a pandemic which has failed to elevate deaths from all causes in 2020 above those from from all causes in 2019.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

I am not interested in your conspiracy theories.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

They aren’t mine.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Yea, the originated from the father of lies….Trump.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  Albert Mesrine

The proof is in the pudding:

Japan has 218 k infections and 3062 deaths.

Hong Kong 8.5 k infections and 136 deaths

S. Korea. 56.872 k infections and 808 deaths.

Vietnam. 1.4. K infections and 35 deaths

Malaysia. 104 k infections and 451 deaths

Singapore 58.5 k infections. and 29 deaths

Indonesia. 707 k infections and 21k deaths

Therefore what we have here according to the court ruling is that there are over 2billion Asians with “ oxygen depravation and brain damage” containing the ravages of the pandemic.

In the meantime societies that feel burdened by wearing masks show the following numbers:

US 19 million infections and 332k deaths

Germany 1.65 million infections and. 29.46k deaths

France. 2.55 million infections and 62.5k deaths

England. 1.94 million infections and 61.4K deaths.

What does this comparison tell us?
Cultural parameters impart certain behavioral characteristics, whereby the western world has trouble coping with individual discipline and setting their priorities in proper order, while Asians do much better.

Albert Mesrine
Albert Mesrine
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

”Came to China”? Is that where you are now?

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  Albert Mesrine

I am from US.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

obviously a typical murikan
“the amerikans are the living refutation of the cartesian cogito ergo sum. amerikans do not think yet they are. the amerikan mind puerile, primitive lacks characteristic form and is therefore open to every form of standardization”. Julius Evola

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Cut out your crap, don’t need to quote some philosopher who is contrary to the truth of God in regards to human nature.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

If your mind is full of crap……you are going to see crap.
Julius Evola was a an intellectual nazi marauder that had no true foundational values, he criticized Christianity, got involved spiritual racism, magical idealism, transcendental realism……and other nonsense.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

We should be so lucky.

Vampire Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

You have no idea as to what you are talking about.

Viruses are much too small for masks to be effective.

Vampire Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

You have no idea as to what you are talking about.

Viruses are much too small for masks to be effective.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

Kindly provide us with scientific studies that prove your specious premise.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

I provide you with some common sense observation instead of endless and contradictory “”” scientific findings”.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

Where?

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Death toll in Asia vs EU and US.

Mary E
2 months ago

In my humble opinion, people should take responsibility for themselves and wear masks if they think they will help prevent getting the virus (or passing it on to others)…BUT, those who decide not to wear masks shouldn’t be able to go into a hospital and be treated unless they pay…
the way it can be done, is that people who receive the vaccine will have a copy of the proof of
vaccine….those who don’t have one – well, I suppose they would be out of luck…

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary E

Many Americans are selfish and self absorbed who do not care how their actions affect fellow man. They do what they want to do….regardless, especially if it becomes a political statement.

XRGRSF
XRGRSF
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

Crawl back on your cross, and when you come down please clear your mind of destructive propaganda prior to your resurrection.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  XRGRSF

Destructive propaganda? How about the truth…..care to refute what I said? Jesus Christ said, I am the way, truth and life…..something very void in American society.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago
Reply to  XRGRSF

For starters why don’t you compare the lockdowns and their effect in Asia and US. If you are a trumpster you don’t need to respond or continue the dialogue.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

u despise the truth; why don’t u examine evidence that reveals u r wrong?

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

I’m not American, lucky me, and I support what you’ve said 100%.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

Your nationality has changed recently.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

many idiot amerikans are robots, submissive and functionally illiterate—and believe anything your CIA/CDC tells u: covid paranoia, WMD’s in Iraq, etc

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

yes, but you also despise freedom and justice…a nation of “mean, bitter,over-conformist, semi-automatons” (David riesman)

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

I don’t despise freedom and justice, if people can’t behave properly, then they have to be told what to do.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

If you are a fascist, unlike your namesake.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Do you know what Jesus Christ expects of you?
If you have problem with a simple mask, you would see Jesus Christ as the worst tyrant ever.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesus

Jesus Christ would never support mandatory anything in public health.
Anyone who can’t trust Jesus to keep them safe is a hypocrite.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Jesus Christ when tempted by the devil said, thou shall not tempt the Lord Thy God.
If this is a plague from God…..you political ideology will not help you. Yes Jesus Christ will keep you safe if you believe His truth……not some lies.

Jesus
Jesus
2 months ago

Jesus Christ asks you to take your cross and follow Him, privately or public ally. If you believe in Jesus Christ and believe Trump’s lies…..it is an oxymoron.
Many Christians that voted for Trump and propagate his lies are deceived in supporting a congenital liar, self centered narcissist.

XRGRSF
XRGRSF
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary E

You are an evil person, and I really, truly, sincerely hope you die a horrible, lingering, miserably slow, and agonizing death. Have a nice day.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  XRGRSF

Now there’s a typical American attitude post.

ke4ram
ke4ram
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary E

So why would wearing the Holy Rag prevent infection when many,,, many studies have shown it pretty much useless in this regard.

The problem with wearing these rags is they will cause the wearer to re-inhale exhaled CO2 and assorted virus particles and other unwanted biologics. Bacterial pneumonia cases are picking up because of these rags.

The decreased oxygen along with the increased CO2 causes brain damage. It’s a slow process and goes unnoticed for awhile,,, worse there is no going back. Brain cells do not replace themselves.

If you can point out to a study done prior to 2019 then I will be happy to concede. Prior to 2019 because of all the BS thrown out about this alleged virus from 2020 forward.

If you can prove this virus actually exists I’d like to hear it. Even the CDC and WHO openly admit they have never laid eyes on it. So explain how they can conjure up a vaccine without the knowledge of the virus makeup.

Why you would expect anyone including yourself to take a vaccine concocted in about 30 days and only tested for about six months and only on super healthy people is disturbing. Over 50 years of failing to come up with a vaccine for the common cold which is a coronavirus should be of concern to any intelligent person.

ChuSez
ChuSez
2 months ago
Reply to  ke4ram

when many,,, many studies

Bullshit. Name some of them.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  ChuSez

u r too primitive to comprehend evidence

FaunaAndFlora
FaunaAndFlora
2 months ago
Reply to  ChuSez

Here are a few articles and studies…

The Year Of Disguises
https://www.aier.org/article/the-year-of-disguises/

Likewise, there are conditions that increase the stability of the molecule. Both CV/IF survive longer under colder conditions. This is probably one reason why they tend to favor winter months and colder climates.

We know that certain types of surfaces can make it more stable. For example, CV has good stability on plastic (1/2 life of almost 8 hours) and has even been detected up to one week on surgical masks. Some types of metals, such as copper, can speed up decomposition and some metals lend stability (such as stainless steel).

Skin can actually be good at destabilizing because of not only sweat but also the natural oils and detergents that are produced in the skin can break apart these types of molecules. That is a reason that skin absorption is not considered a vector of infection. Serious breaks in the skin, however, such as from burns or injuries, could lead to infection due to the decreased natural inhibition.

From the CDC…
Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article

In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks (RR 0.78, 95% CI 0.51–1.20; I2 = 30%, p = 0.25) (Figure 2). One study evaluated the use of masks among pilgrims from Australia during the Hajj pilgrimage and reported no major difference in the risk for laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infection in the control or mask group (33). Two studies in university settings assessed the effectiveness of face masks for primary protection by monitoring the incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza among student hall residents for 5 months (9,10). The overall reduction in ILI or laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in the face mask group was not significant in either studies (9,10). Study designs in the 7 household studies were slightly different: 1 study provided face masks and P2 respirators for household contacts only (34), another study evaluated face mask use as a source control for infected persons only (35), and the remaining studies provided masks for the infected persons as well as their close contacts (11–13,15,17). None of the household studies reported a significant reduction in secondary laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the face mask group (11–13,15,17,34,35). Most studies were underpowered because of limited sample size, and some studies also reported suboptimal adherence in the face mask group.

Disposable medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are loose-fitting devices that were designed to be worn by medical personnel to protect accidental contamination of patient wounds, and to protect the wearer against splashes or sprays of bodily fluids (36). There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure. Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.

From the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine…
Masking lack of evidence with politics
https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/masking-lack-of-evidence-with-politics/

It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks. For instance, high rates of infection with cloth masks could be due to harms caused by cloth masks, or benefits of medical masks. The numerous systematic reviews that have been recently published all include the same evidence base so unsurprisingly broadly reach the same conclusions. However, recent reviews using lower quality evidence found masks to be effective.

Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.nap.edu/read/25776/chapter/1

The evidence from these laboratory filtration studies suggests that such fabric masks may reduce the transmission of larger respiratory droplets. There is little evidence regarding the transmission of small aerosolized particulates of the size potentially exhaled by asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals with COVID-19. The extent of any protection will depend on how the masks are made and used. It will also depend on how mask use affects users’ other precautionary behaviors, including their use of better masks, when those become widely available. Those behavioral effects may undermine or enhance homemade fabric masks’ overall effect on public health. The current level of benefit, if any, is not possible to assess.

Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372

What is clear, however, is that universal masking alone is not a panacea. A mask will not protect providers caring for a patient with active Covid-19 if it’s not accompanied by meticulous hand hygiene, eye protection, gloves, and a gown. A mask alone will not prevent health care workers with early Covid-19 from contaminating their hands and spreading the virus to patients and colleagues. Focusing on universal masking alone may, paradoxically, lead to more transmission of Covid-19 if it diverts attention from implementing more fundamental infection-control measures.

Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. Part 1 – Face masks, eye protection and person distancing: systematic review and meta-analysis
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.20047217v2

RESULTS: We included 15 randomised trials investigating the effect of masks (14 trials) in healthcare workers and the general population and of quarantine (1 trial). We found no trials testing eye protection. Compared to no masks there was no reduction of influenza-like illness (ILI) cases (Risk Ratio 0.93, 95%CI 0.83 to 1.05) or influenza (Risk Ratio 0.84, 95%CI 0.61-1.17) for masks in the general population, nor in healthcare workers (Risk Ratio 0.37, 95%CI 0.05 to 2.50). There was no difference between surgical masks and N95 respirators: for ILI (Risk Ratio 0.83, 95%CI 0.63 to 1.08), for influenza (Risk Ratio 1.02, 95%CI 0.73 to 1.43). Harms were poorly reported and limited to discomfort with lower compliance. The only trial testing quarantining workers with household ILI contacts found a reduction in ILI cases, but increased risk of quarantined workers contracting influenza. All trials were conducted during seasonal ILI activity.

CONCLUSIONS: Most included trials had poor design, reporting and sparse events. There was insufficient evidence to provide a recommendation on the use of facial barriers without other measures. We found insufficient evidence for a difference between surgical masks and N95 respirators and limited evidence to support effectiveness of quarantine. Based on observational evidence from the previous SARS epidemic included in the previous version of our Cochrane review we recommend the use of masks combined with other measures.

Mouth and nose protection in public: No evidence of effectiveness
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/a-1174-6591

With numerous viral infections, the pathogen excretion begins at the end of the incubation period, i.e. before symptoms of the disease are noticed. This is e.g. B. also known from influenza, which is why one could have assumed this to be the case with COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic.

The evaluation of the publications cited by the RKI for its “re-evaluation” of masks in public space shows that there is no scientific basis with which the use of masks (of any kind) in public by almost the entire population of Germany (minus of children up to 6 years of age approx. 80 million people) can be justified, and current studies show the same.

On the contrary, a mask requirement for many millions of people in public spaces can even become a risk of infection because the required hand hygiene cannot be observed.

Indirect pathogen contacts via contaminated surfaces are not reduced by masks, on the contrary, they potentially occur more frequently than without masks.

In the transmission of respiratory viruses, close (<1 m) face-to-face contact plays a decisive role, which must also exist for at least a certain time (≥ 15 min) so that a risk of transmission can even materialize.

On the one hand, most contacts in public spaces are not face-to-face contacts. On the other hand, even if they take place, they usually last less than 15 minutes, so that an effective transmission of infectious droplets seems very unlikely in these situations.

If this isn’t enough evidence for you, I have some forty or fifty other articles and studies on the use of mask that suggests wearing masks may be useless and may even make one more susceptible to infection.

FaunaAndFlora
FaunaAndFlora
2 months ago
Reply to  ChuSez

Here are a few articles and studies…

The Year Of Disguises
https://www.aier.org/article/the-year-of-disguises/

Likewise, there are conditions that increase the stability of the molecule. Both CV/IF survive longer under colder conditions. This is probably one reason why they tend to favor winter months and colder climates.

We know that certain types of surfaces can make it more stable. For example, CV has good stability on plastic (1/2 life of almost 8 hours) and has even been detected up to one week on surgical masks. Some types of metals, such as copper, can speed up decomposition and some metals lend stability (such as stainless steel).

Skin can actually be good at destabilizing because of not only sweat but also the natural oils and detergents that are produced in the skin can break apart these types of molecules. That is a reason that skin absorption is not considered a vector of infection. Serious breaks in the skin, however, such as from burns or injuries, could lead to infection due to the decreased natural inhibition.

From the CDC…
Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article

In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks (RR 0.78, 95% CI 0.51–1.20; I2 = 30%, p = 0.25) (Figure 2). One study evaluated the use of masks among pilgrims from Australia during the Hajj pilgrimage and reported no major difference in the risk for laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infection in the control or mask group (33). Two studies in university settings assessed the effectiveness of face masks for primary protection by monitoring the incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza among student hall residents for 5 months (9,10). The overall reduction in ILI or laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in the face mask group was not significant in either studies (9,10). Study designs in the 7 household studies were slightly different: 1 study provided face masks and P2 respirators for household contacts only (34), another study evaluated face mask use as a source control for infected persons only (35), and the remaining studies provided masks for the infected persons as well as their close contacts (11–13,15,17). None of the household studies reported a significant reduction in secondary laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the face mask group (11–13,15,17,34,35). Most studies were underpowered because of limited sample size, and some studies also reported suboptimal adherence in the face mask group.

Disposable medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are loose-fitting devices that were designed to be worn by medical personnel to protect accidental contamination of patient wounds, and to protect the wearer against splashes or sprays of bodily fluids (36). There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure. Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.

From the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine…
Masking lack of evidence with politics
https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/masking-lack-of-evidence-with-politics/

It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks. For instance, high rates of infection with cloth masks could be due to harms caused by cloth masks, or benefits of medical masks. The numerous systematic reviews that have been recently published all include the same evidence base so unsurprisingly broadly reach the same conclusions. However, recent reviews using lower quality evidence found masks to be effective.

Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.nap.edu/read/25776/chapter/1

The evidence from these laboratory filtration studies suggests that such fabric masks may reduce the transmission of larger respiratory droplets. There is little evidence regarding the transmission of small aerosolized particulates of the size potentially exhaled by asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals with COVID-19. The extent of any protection will depend on how the masks are made and used. It will also depend on how mask use affects users’ other precautionary behaviors, including their use of better masks, when those become widely available. Those behavioral effects may undermine or enhance homemade fabric masks’ overall effect on public health. The current level of benefit, if any, is not possible to assess.

Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372

What is clear, however, is that universal masking alone is not a panacea. A mask will not protect providers caring for a patient with active Covid-19 if it’s not accompanied by meticulous hand hygiene, eye protection, gloves, and a gown. A mask alone will not prevent health care workers with early Covid-19 from contaminating their hands and spreading the virus to patients and colleagues. Focusing on universal masking alone may, paradoxically, lead to more transmission of Covid-19 if it diverts attention from implementing more fundamental infection-control measures.

Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. Part 1 – Face masks, eye protection and person distancing: systematic review and meta-analysis
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.20047217v2

RESULTS: We included 15 randomised trials investigating the effect of masks (14 trials) in healthcare workers and the general population and of quarantine (1 trial). We found no trials testing eye protection. Compared to no masks there was no reduction of influenza-like illness (ILI) cases (Risk Ratio 0.93, 95%CI 0.83 to 1.05) or influenza (Risk Ratio 0.84, 95%CI 0.61-1.17) for masks in the general population, nor in healthcare workers (Risk Ratio 0.37, 95%CI 0.05 to 2.50). There was no difference between surgical masks and N95 respirators: for ILI (Risk Ratio 0.83, 95%CI 0.63 to 1.08), for influenza (Risk Ratio 1.02, 95%CI 0.73 to 1.43). Harms were poorly reported and limited to discomfort with lower compliance. The only trial testing quarantining workers with household ILI contacts found a reduction in ILI cases, but increased risk of quarantined workers contracting influenza. All trials were conducted during seasonal ILI activity.

CONCLUSIONS: Most included trials had poor design, reporting and sparse events. There was insufficient evidence to provide a recommendation on the use of facial barriers without other measures. We found insufficient evidence for a difference between surgical masks and N95 respirators and limited evidence to support effectiveness of quarantine. Based on observational evidence from the previous SARS epidemic included in the previous version of our Cochrane review we recommend the use of masks combined with other measures.

Mouth and nose protection in public: No evidence of effectiveness
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/a-1174-6591

With numerous viral infections, the pathogen excretion begins at the end of the incubation period, i.e. before symptoms of the disease are noticed. This is e.g. B. also known from influenza, which is why one could have assumed this to be the case with COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic.

The evaluation of the publications cited by the RKI for its “re-evaluation” of masks in public space shows that there is no scientific basis with which the use of masks (of any kind) in public by almost the entire population of Germany (minus of children up to 6 years of age approx. 80 million people) can be justified, and current studies show the same.

On the contrary, a mask requirement for many millions of people in public spaces can even become a risk of infection because the required hand hygiene cannot be observed.

Indirect pathogen contacts via contaminated surfaces are not reduced by masks, on the contrary, they potentially occur more frequently than without masks.

In the transmission of respiratory viruses, close (<1 m) face-to-face contact plays a decisive role, which must also exist for at least a certain time (≥ 15 min) so that a risk of transmission can even materialize.

On the one hand, most contacts in public spaces are not face-to-face contacts. On the other hand, even if they take place, they usually last less than 15 minutes, so that an effective transmission of infectious droplets seems very unlikely in these situations.

If this isn’t enough evidence for you, I have some forty or fifty other articles and studies on the use of mask that suggests wearing masks may be useless and may even make one more susceptible to infection.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  ke4ram

Spot on, my thoughts exactly. B.T.W. read today, gun shot deaths in Colorado were recorded as Covid, because the dead persons were carrying the virus, ALLEGEDLY !! So apparently they didn’t die from bleeding out from the gunshots, but COVID killed them ?? W.T.F. ??

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago
Reply to  ke4ram

why would it take a stick up the brain to find a virus that’s simply everywhere? no sense!

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

The swab never gets into the brain.

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago

hopefully! it sure hurts like hell. i know someone who’s had 8 so far. yest they were trying to do another after moving him, after testing negative, to another ward.
plus people have been seriously hurt!
https://www.aekstmk.or.at/233?articleId=9879&fbclid=IwAR0iWMTmI__J-dhFd6qYX0iWsf6ZlPRZvYdSBIX5sODr87RoinrXkI-hjmc

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

And yet, it is completely unobjective.

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago

??

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

The PCR test is completely unable to identify any virus, as its late creator made clear, before and after he’d won the Nobel Prize for inventing it.

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago

right!

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

garydbarnett.com/wp-content/newuploads/Dr.-Igor-Shepherd-transcription.pdf

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

garydbarnett.com/wp-content/newuploads/Dr.-Igor-Shepherd-transcription.pdf
read and pass it on

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago

thanks

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago
Reply to  ke4ram

why would it take a stick up the brain to find a virus that’s simply everywhere? no sense!

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary E

as sociologists have long described amerikans—‘mean and bitter”….”amerikans are the living refutation of the cartesian cogito ergo sum. amerikans do not think yet they are. the amerikan mind puerile and primitive lacks characteristic form and is therefore open to every form of standardization”. Julius evola
if people believe voodoo and torturing poodles and injecting meth will prevent a common cold then this should be permitted in all day care centers

Aurum Cimex
Aurum Cimex
2 months ago

There is no science that has proved the existence of covid. Not a single sample has been isolated, the tests cannot distinguish between covid and any other virus and it has no unique symptoms. When the people still believed in truth telling this scam would have been laughed out of existence a year ago.

Cat
2 months ago
Reply to  Aurum Cimex

… that’s a great comfort to hear.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Well ask yourself, WHY so many scientists involved with viruses and Dr’s of high repute, all state that the ALLEGED test for Covid is no such thing. Yet the authorities claim it is.

Cat
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

I don’t know any scientist who has said that, and any Dr who says it, is a Quack.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

then u r an idiot—the creator of the PCR exam has stated that likely up to 97% will yield false positives

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Cat’s Paw, Quote, “I don’t know any scientist who has said that, and any Dr who says it, is a Quack.” Unquote. Clearly you are a child in the wilderness, totally ignorant and uninformed, maybe that’s why this ALLEGED virus has got such a good hold on Americans ??? Clearly, you need to EDUCATE yourself, there’s heaps of evidence easily at hand, IF you look for it.

Cat
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

Yes. I guess you are right.

We are all good on virus. … and global warming?

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Those who will lie about global warming will lie about the virus, if their jobs depend on it.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

Cat
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

Yes. I guess you are right.

We are all good on virus. … and global warming?

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Cat’s Paw, Quote, “I don’t know any scientist who has said that, and any Dr who says it, is a Quack.” Unquote. Clearly you are a child in the wilderness, totally ignorant and uninformed, maybe that’s why this ALLEGED virus has got such a good hold on Americans ??? Clearly, you need to EDUCATE yourself, there’s heaps of evidence easily at hand, IF you look for it.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

The PCR “test” isn’t designed to be diagnostic, it is designed to replicate snippets of RNA, and past 25 cycles it replicates trash RNA.

Cat
2 months ago

Rand Paul is lost in his own reality.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Fortunately his includes a floor to stand on…

Cat
2 months ago

I find him repulsive.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

I’m sure he’d find you the same, if he bothered to listen to your ignorant moronics.

Cat
2 months ago

I remember working with T.B. patients in the hospital.
We don’t have much T.B. anymore.
We could have, but we control it pretty well.

There was a chance we had to eradicate it completely once, but we blew that.
Now Covid-19, is similar to T.B. it is aerosol that spreads through the air.

No protection is perfect.
Each measure of protection has holes in it.
If you use them all, a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds, it is ly layers of swiss cheese.
Each piece has holes in it,
But if you are lucky, the holes won’t line up.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Like I said earlier, explain to us why Medical front line workers who are ALLEGEDLY protected up to their eyeballs contract this virus, ALLEGEDLY ?

Cat
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

Because covid is spread as an aerosol .

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

Missing the point there dear. Did you miss the bit where I said fully protected with the appropiate protection worn which is ALLEGEDLY supposed to protect them from such an aerosol ??? So please explain to us all, how they managed to get infected, DESPITE wearing protection.

Cat
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

I guess I can’t.
You are the expert.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

Because their immune systems are malnourished.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

false, TB is fully aerosolized, covid not

Cat
2 months ago

Covid is an aerosol, but not fully? (… s close enough to scare crap outta me.)

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

only an idiot claims viruses r airborne —unless you vomit and spit on others

Cat
2 months ago

… and Trump won?

Cat
2 months ago

… and Trump won?

Mensch59
Mensch59
2 months ago

“Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website now says.
Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.”

The page, last updated Oct. 28, 2020, still says Covid-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.”

For fuck’s sake, does “the science” really change so swiftly?!?! Not as quickly as propaganda.

“Believe in science” — EU motto kicking off COVID-19 vaccine campaign. A clarion call to be a true believer in the cult ideology named “scientism” if you ask me.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Mensch59

That’s the whole issue with this ALLEGED virus, it is not the scientists pushing it, but POLITICAL HACKS. The scientists are accused of spreading FALSE news.You don’t even need a Doctor or scientist to diagnose anyone infected. How is that even possible ???

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

much modern ”science” is like that, at least if it relates o corporate profits/control. all vaccine ”science” for instance, or as some ”anti” vaxxers call it : $cience.

tomonthebay
tomonthebay
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

Your scientific illiteracy is on display again.

Mensch59
Mensch59
2 months ago
Reply to  itchyvet

It’s possible because political organizations with financial incentives have re-defined such basic medical terms as “pandemic” and “cases” in order to perpetrate a fraud, a scam.
“Why perpetrate a scam, a fraud?” one might ask. To re-organize the social order.

“Lockdown fanatics have helped manufacture consent for a brutal reorganization of labor that will plunge millions of people into serfdom… Lockdowns were not bungled by incompetent leaders. They were in fact executed perfectly, because their purpose was not public health but rather the rapid installment of a regressive neoliberal agenda designed by the nonprofit industrial complex… We are facing something much darker than a respiratory virus. A great theft is occurring under the pretext of safety. It is not just the theft of working people’s jobs, savings, and property—it is also the theft of a meaningful life… We have a limited window of time to reclaim the things that make life worth living: family, community, cultural heritage, the social sphere, public institutions, common spaces, and free movement.” ~ Alex Gutentag, “The Great Covid Class War”, the bellows, https://www.thebellows.org/the-great-covid-class-war/
Also from the article:
“This is not an unforced error or a good policy idea implemented poorly. It is an economic agenda disguised as a health protocol.”

“Unemployment, hunger, institutional breakdown, and the destruction of social bonds are not symptoms of a virus. They are the indirect violence of class warfare. The pandemic is a convenient scapegoat for the largest upward wealth transfer in modern human history. Under the pretext of a public health policy, elites have successfully waged a counterrevolution that will result in the erosion of working conditions and quality of life for generations to come.”

“Income is the main determinant of covid mortality.”

This observation about “the main determinant” is true even if “Covid” is the new name for viral pneumonia caused by the common cold, influenza-like illnesses, seasonal flu, other upper and lower respiratory infections, and lung & heart diseases caused by breathing in airborne pollutants.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Mensch59

That’s the whole issue with this ALLEGED virus, it is not the scientists pushing it, but POLITICAL HACKS. The scientists are accused of spreading FALSE news.You don’t even need a Doctor or scientist to diagnose anyone infected. How is that even possible ???

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago
Reply to  Mensch59

the most amazing thing is that this ”virus” is simply everywhere but needs a stick up the brain to be found! that alone boggles the mind.

Mensch59
Mensch59
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

An intrusive diagnostic test — which isn’t a diagnosis whatsoever — is needed to perpetrate the fraud. I’m reasonably certain that the “health practitioners” who are doing the “testing” are cult-like true believers in the millions of “cases” of the megadeath coronavirus of doom.

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago
Reply to  Mensch59

or just following orders 🙁 hard to know, and i’ve even less trust in them than i had before. the man i love just had the 8th tick up his nose, and now they do 2 in a row. and how can you resist when in casualty re emergency issues?
i can only hope that the help he gets is worth more than the damage that they might do.

Mensch59
Mensch59
2 months ago
Reply to  sabateur

An intrusive diagnostic test — which isn’t a diagnosis whatsoever — is needed to perpetrate the fraud. I’m reasonably certain that the “health practitioners” who are doing the “testing” are cult-like true believers in the millions of “cases” of the megadeath coronavirus of doom.

sabateur
sabateur
2 months ago
Reply to  Mensch59

the most amazing thing is that this ”virus” is simply everywhere but needs a stick up the brain to be found! that alone boggles the mind.

Mensch59
Mensch59
2 months ago

“Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website now says.
Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.”

The page, last updated Oct. 28, 2020, still says Covid-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.”

For fuck’s sake, does “the science” really change so swiftly?!?! Not as quickly as propaganda.

“Believe in science” — EU motto kicking off COVID-19 vaccine campaign. A clarion call to be a true believer in the cult ideology named “scientism” if you ask me.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

only an idiot claims viruses r airborne —unless you vomit and spit on others

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

You must think an aerosol is something different from what the rest of us know it is.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

The best defense against any and all pathogens is a well-nourished immune system.

Cat
2 months ago

There are people you know, who don’t believe in medicine at all.
I heard of a man who argued, that only God could cure an illness.
Short of splinting a broken bone, or sewing up a laceration, there was not much in the way of medicine that he would willingly accept. Survival was nothing but a matter of Gods will.

disqus_3BrONUAJno
disqus_3BrONUAJno
2 months ago
Reply to  Cat's Paw

I don’t know anyone who believes that.
God gave us immune systems and other biological capabilities to deal with everything short of gross trauma. It is up to us to maintain them. If we fail to do so, we’re on our own, because iatrogenic causes of death are the third most common.

ChuSez
ChuSez
2 months ago

Looks like that streak of insanity inherited from his batshit crazy father is asserting itself in Rand.

itchyvet
itchyvet
2 months ago

IMHO, he’s dead right. Wearing of such masks for extended periods raises some issues that are simply ignored. For example, wearing them for hours on end ensures they get WET, SOPPING WET, this effects the materials ability to do what it’s alleged to do, catch the virus particles. It also ignores the FACT, that such particles can also land on any other exposed skin, and stay active there until you take off your mask, brush your effected skin and BINGO. We need to be told, how it is, that medical workers who wear masks and even gowns ect, ect, to allegedly protect them from this virus, still manage to become infected ???? So clearly, the mask story is a load of cobblers. Funny, that where I live, to see such wearing of masks is a very rare occurrence, and my state has been free of internal infection since April this year.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago

covid hardly worse than common flu. in the primitive nations where masks and covid fascism regime change has been imposed they all continue to exchange currency where viruses are common and in the USA cocaine is also found—brilliant people

Vampire Jesus
2 months ago

Whitelist me or ban me, I’m tired of asking, thanks.

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