Bolstering results from an earlier paper, a new study upends the logic behind the pandemic response. Forced masking and distancing of healthy people may have had little societal benefit.
Despite many governments making them mandatory in certain settings, it turns out that standard cloth masks barely filter any particles at all, thus essentially making them almost useless for preventing the spread of COVID-19. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK suggests such masks may even have contributed to the spread of the pandemic as they encouraged the people wearing them to believe they were acting safely.
Similarly, a recent study carried out by researchers in China evaluated the cardiopulmonary effects of so-called N95 masks, which are said to offer the highest level of protection against viruses. Its findings reveal that mask use has significant negative effects, potentially even increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and overall mortality.
To learn how a Johns Hopkins University study has found that lockdowns only reduced deaths from COVID-19 by 0.2 percent, see this news story on our website.