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COVID-19 Face Masks Did NOTHING to Stop Spread of Omicron Variant, Study Finds


A new study has found that face masks did not stop the spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

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Carried out by researchers at the University of East Anglia in the UK and published in the journal PLOS ONE, this study is far from being alone in concluding that wearing face masks did not prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is particularly the case regarding standard cloth masks, with a study published in 2022 finding they allow 90 percent of viral particles to pass through them.

Even the N95-type masks, which are said to offer the highest level of protection against viruses, may be no better. A study published by researchers in China in 2023 found they may have significant negative effects, potentially increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and overall mortality. Moreover, some health officials question whether there is enough evidence to prove that N95 masks actually protect vulnerable people. A report published by the UK Health Security Agency in 2023 examined whether wearing such masks protects people at higher risk from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. Notably, the authors were unable to find even a single study providing data to prove their efficacy.

To learn more about the adverse effects of face masks, see this article on our website.