This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation
. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai
Yinon Weiss writes
for the Federalist about evidence countering the supposed benefits of wearing masks
to fight COVID-19.
- Masks have become a political tool and a talisman. When COVID-19 hit, governments panicked and created enormous fear. ...
- ... It is likely that some politicians eventually realized their mistake and needed a way to back-pedal without admitting their lockdowns were a policy disaster. Their solution was for people to put any old piece of cloth across their face and magically believe that it's okay to go out shopping again.
- Masks are not merely a small inconvenience. They have inadvertently become a key impediment to returning to a more normal life, a desirable goal for those seeking to twist the pandemic for political and electoral purposes.
- Masks dehumanize us, and ironically serve as a constant reminder that we should be afraid. People can now be spotted wearing masks while camping by themselves in the woods or on a solo sailing trip. They have become a cruel device on young children everywhere, kindergarten students covered by masks and isolated by Plexiglas, struggling to understand the social expressions of their peers. Face coverings are causing real harm to the American psyche, provide little to no medical benefit, and distract us from more important health policy issues. ...
- ... The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University summarized six international studies which "showed that masks alone have no significant effect in interrupting the spread of ILI or influenza in the general population, nor in healthcare workers." Oxford went on to say that "that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks." They prophetically warned that this has "left the field wide open for the play of opinions, radical views and political influence." ...
- There are many other credible studies showing lack of mask efficacy, such as studies published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Cambridge University Press, Oxford Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Influenza Journal, just to name a few.