Do masks work?
No possible way says filtration expert Tyson Gabriel. He'd bet the farm on it. I would too. Will anyone bet against me?
Note: This was my original article on masks. You can find the newer Masks don’t work here.
The best book on masks is the one written by Dr. Judy Mikovits:
All you have to do is read the free preview to know how it ends: “If that means you are sitting alone in your bedroom and wearing a mask as you read, …, then keep that mask on. I doubt you will be wearing it when you finish this book.”
Couldn’t have said it any better myself.
I also wrote about the famous randomized Bangladesh mask study that was being hailed as the definitive proof that masks work. That study basically showed nothing.
Paul Alexander wrote an excellent piece on >150 comparative studies on mask ineffectiveness and harms.
Tyson Gabriel is the industrial hygienist that made this wonderful video series on how silly mask wearing is.
Be sure to check out his website as well: tyscienceguy.com.
Feb 5, 2020: Fauci says masks basically don’t work. It won’t protect people from getting the disease. According to him, it is only useful if you ARE already infected.
March 8, 2020: Fauci says masks are effectively useless, but if it makes you feel better, you can wear them. He said they might block a droplet. Watch the video starting at 29 seconds into it.
April 3, 2020: The laws of physics change in less than one month! Masks are now effective and recommended by the CDC.
Fauci later doubled down on that saying essentially the same thing about double masking. "If it makes you feel better to do two masks ... why not go ahead and do it?" he said during an event with Washington Post Live in early February. His data? No data at all. Justified using “common sense.”
OK, so if one didn’t really do anything but block a droplet, two is better. Got it!
Here’s a video of Dr. Richard Urso on masks pointing out they are useless against viruses. Naturally, people who disagree will claim he’s not qualified to talk about masks because he’s not an infectious disease specialist. Ad hominem attacks have to be used when you can’t argue with what he says. I get it.
Here’s Dr. Knope talking about masks. The entire article is awesome since it is so refreshing (and unusual) to hear straight talk from a doctor, but here are a few excerpts from what he wrote (and remember that Dr. Redman was the former head of the CDC):
Regarding the CDC and mask recommendations, Dr. Fauci initially mocked the use of masks on 60 Minutes in March of this year. You should watch this brief video in Dr. Fauci’s own words, because at the time, his statements accurately reflected the lack of any data that masks protected people from COVID-19 in public.
However, Dr. Fauci reversed his position on masks one month later, without any new data offered to justify his change in national policy. He later added that people should also consider wearing goggles in public. Based upon what new information or evidence, Dr. Fauci?
Two months ago, Dr. Redfield, the Director of the CDC, doubled down on this mask recommendation, taking it to the level of absurdity. He argued that masks were the most effective tool people had to protect themselves against getting COVID-19. Watch this extraordinary 90 second video:
Dr. Redfield assured members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the American people two months ago that the science behind masks was incontrovertible, stating, “I might even go so far as to say that this facemask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID-19 than when I take a COVID vaccine.” Based upon what evidence, Dr. Redfield? Does Dr. Redfield still hold this position two months later, despite near universal mask wearing in public with COVID-19 cases shooting through the roof?
Let me say this as charitably as I can: There is no evidence to support Dr. Redfield claims about masks on that video tape in September. None. To the contrary, there is plenty of evidence to refute this hypothesis. And the danger of saying, so emphatically, that masks protect people from COVID-19 is that it made many people, including many of my patients, take unneeded risks with their health. I had two male patients in their late 70’s, working out in public gyms two weeks ago, operating under the misconception that their masks made them safe around young people with significant COVID exposure. Both men are at high risk!
Paper written by experts from Spain on face masks 09/25/2020:
"At present, there is no evidence on the effectiveness of universal masking of healthy people in the community to prevent infection with respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. The mandatory use of masks poses some ethical questions."
Four researchers examined how well surgical masks worked to filter small particles. They concluded with a warning:
"The wide variation in penetration levels for room air particles, which included particles in the same size range of viruses confirms that surgical masks should not be used for respiratory protection."
Here's a study about droplets and aerosols versus masks. They conclude,
"Our findings indicate that surgical masks can efficaciously reduce the emission of influenza virus particles into the environment in respiratory droplets, but not in aerosols."
Clinical trials consistently find that masks don't protect people from respiratory viruses. Here is what a multi-year study on masks versus viruses said (it is published on the CDC website):
"We did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility."
There are downsides of mask wearing
Masks are actually detrimental, especially for kids, because they trap bacteria and you then breath in that bacteria resulting in an increase in respiratory infections. This video shows how a mask nearly killed a 4 year old boy. The video is almost a year old and it seems we haven’t learned anything in that time.
I asked Tyson to make THE definitive video on showing the world that mask wearing is completely useless. He expects to have it done after Thanksgiving.
Until then, just remember that the CDC says masks don’t work for wildfire smoke and the virus is 25X smaller than a smoke particle. So it’s like trying to stop a mosquito with a chain link fence.
There are a lot of mask studies, but they are all confounded. There isn’t a good masking study funded by the CDC since they know they don’t work.
And the Danish mask study that was well done, showed masks didn’t work. The journal the researchers submitted it to said if they wanted it published, the authors would have to come to a conclusion that masks worked. So they re-wrote the paper so masks worked, and what do you know… it got published. And even then, the Danish mask study, the first randomized control trial, shows face masks 'did not reduce' coronavirus infections with 'statistical significance.'
You can’t make this stuff up! Want proof? Read this article published in the BMJ which did a superb job of documenting how scientific journals dictate the scientific outcomes they want to see.
This article is an excellent summary: Are Face Masks Effective? The Evidence.
This review, written by Baruch Vainshelboim showing face masks don’t work, shows masks don’t work and there is a table of harms. Naturally, 9 months after it appeared, the journal decided to retract it.
This article “The Face Mask Folly in Retrospect” is excellent. It talks about 12 myths. It even shows that N95 masking does not work. It dispels all the popular myths. If you aren’t already convinced, then check out that article.
That graphic refers to this article on the 47 ineffective and 32 negative effects masking studies. Feel free to read all of them if you like the scientific literature.
In short, today we adjust the science to match what the CDC says, it’s not the other way around like in the old days. Get it? In the Biden era, the narrative drives the science.
In other words, once again the CDC advice is terrible and it is harming people. People obey the CDC advice without questioning the science. It’s total mind control. The worst advice is not telling people about ivermectin and fluvoxamine.
Back to masks. It seems that nobody will have a scientific debate with Tyson. Nobody. That’s how confident they are in their advice: they are sure they would lose.
If there is anyone who wants to debate Tyson on mask wearing, please indicate this in the comments below. It will be fun to watch. Thanks.
In the meantime, remember, cloth and surgical masks are useless. They don’t stop COVID at all. It’s all political theater. You are basically showing your blind obedience government that, if they ask you to, you will do nonsensical things that harm your health.
There used to be a time in the US when we were entitled to liberty which is the ability to do what you want so long as you don’t deprive anyone else of their freedom. Those days are gone.
Mandating mask wearing is therefore both unconstitutional and stupid. But everyone is so brainwashed that nobody is challenging the mandate.
I highly recommend reading the comments for other studies. This video works well too:
Select reader comments
The inefficacy of mask mandates has been known for at least ten years.
Studies on masking in containing influenza like illnesses from 2007-2009 showed that masks have little actual benefit. See this article.
Which makes the CDC position on masking downright insane.
Our research team (epidemiologist, microbiologist and I, a naturopathic physician) compiled the largest body of research in English on the hazards of masks. Those peer-reviewed studies are at
https://PDMJ.org, vol 1. The gist of what is known is that respiratory droplets are relatively large, heavy and fall quickly in front of you. The mesh of masks on the other hand aerosolize those droplets. Now those light airborne viral particles travel farther, 18 to 20 feet, and linger longer in the air. Most of that was the Duke University research we cited. But also unfiltered exhaled air shot by nozzle effect out of masks' side jets go several meters. Because a masked person incubates 100,000 bacterial colonies per hour average, you don't want to stand or sit next to those bacteria-laden side jets of a masked person.
Masked populations have shown higher rates of COVID than unmasked - county comparisons in US, thanks to Ian Miller. I write about that in 4th paper in above series. The above is my best understanding to date for why masks are neither effective nor safe.
Ian Miller is on Substack. His charts on Twitter showing higher rates of COVID "cases," hospitalizations and deaths in masked counties vs unmasked, (ditto states and nations) have been widely cited.
Donna wrote me a long post. I love the videos here and also it is more than humorous to see that Facebook relies on PolitiFact to fact check the video and attempts to convince you that what you are seeing with your own eyes is impossible.
Common sense would tell me the mothers to these children that has a significant drop in their children's IQ scores and with lower cognitive test scores; most likely were wearing face mask during most or part of their pregnancy. It has been proven (which I don't have to sell you) that wearing face mask depletes our oxygen levels.
Furthermore; when a women is wearing a face mask during her pregnancy; the face mask not only depletes her oxygen level and it also depletes the oxygen level of her unborn child in her womb as well.
The link shared below will take you to a video; where he shows the numbers on his digital reader before and during the time he wore a face mask.
Your Oxygen Levels are seriously depleted when wearing a mask.
A 2nd video shared below which shows the meter on his finger. The numbers on the meter, the level of oxygen decreased when he put the face mask on.
By wearing a face mask are you reducing the oxygen levels in the bloodstream?
My comment: I was talking to a friend one day, this was months ago, they were in the waiting room at his wife's doctor appointment, they placed the meter on her finger to read her oxygen levels and he told me that he actually saw with his own eyes the number on the meter decreased when his wife put the face mask on and when she removed the face mask, the numbers increased on the meter. With that being said, I would like to know where these people are getting their facts from that are telling us that the oxygen level is not effected when one wears a mask which they are lying to us. I have seen countless articles written and videos by doctors and others saying your oxygen level are not affected when wearing face mask. I would like for them to put their money where their lying mouths are as they would lose that bet/
Biden, Fauci, the medical establishment, the news media stations and others supporting the wearing of mask, they have not one time offered us any scientific documents proving face mask does not deplete our oxygen levels. They cannot as the oxygen level decreases when wearing a face mask and they know this. When they are demanding us to wear face mask; this is another part of their plan is to cause us more health issues. Plus; inside of the face mask is a collection of bacteria from us exhaling from our mouth and nose into the face mask and when we breath back in, we breath in the bacteria that came from our mouth and nose that has collected inside the face mask which people can get Bacteria Pneumonia when wearing a face mask as is shared in the article copied below.
COVID-19 Masks Causing Rise in Bacterial Pneumonia Published on December 8, 2020 https://email.mg1.substack.com/c/eJxNkEtrwzAQhH-NfZPRw_HjoENCHRoKbWkpgVyCLG3sxbZsJNmp--vr0EthT7uzw8ynVYBmdKucPTjiYOrX2Eiac53XMUpOOWOc77ZFQcukNgYYUEiNyUwBZZTSoWGJn2sflO4SPQ5xK2laZ_pWsEJTkRVKsBSgYKUwvEyNABH3sg1h8pHYR_y4zeTQapxQEa8RbMAb6ofXdtLjgoawkgzKd55oNXu0DXHogaAltdIBHKqeTBbmYbSoHpbieKt1jyYST6f7_kNc6nO2HD5f5vrUfGfVvrVfO15W3gibvi4VisP1ebLL22V1lJ7PWYXZ-49CHU-jD1c0Mt2leZ4LGjvpQ7fVVv08JAOGBMz8pwrrBNLC3fcQtkxx-I90I2TGQaHd3mGBDp3X7S8Ejn9c
A group is suing Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart, saying the city’s mask mandate is harmful to healthy people, reports Activist Post.
The group includes business owners and two doctors who “are asking the city to immediately repeal the mask mandate which was passed by city council last month.”
At a press conference, optometrist Robert Zoellner said:
“…the fear factor has got to step back. This idea that I don’t want to give you something that I don’t even know that I have is almost at the point of ridiculous. Let’s use some common sense.”
Dr. James Meehan, MD followed by warning that mask wearing has..
“well-known risks that have been well-studied and they’re not being discussed in the risk analysis. I’m seeing patients that have facial rashes, fungal infections, bacterial infections. Reports coming from my colleagues, all over the world, are suggesting that the bacterial pneumonias are on the rise.
“Why might that be? Because untrained members of the public are wearing medical masks, repeatedly… in a non-sterile fashion… They’re becoming contaminated. They’re pulling them off of their car seat, off the rearview mirror, out of their pocket, from their countertop, and they’re reapplying a mask that should be worn fresh and sterile every single time.”
Dr. Meehan adds:
“New research is showing that cloth masks may be increasing the aerosolization of the SARS-COV-2 virus into the environment causing an increased transmission of the disease…”
In conclusion, Dr. Meehan states:
“In February and March we were told not to wear masks. What changed? The science didn’t change. The politics did. This is about compliance. It’s not about science… Our opposition is using low-level retrospective observational studies that should not be the basis for making a medical decision of this nature.”
Read more at https://email.mg1.substack.com/c/eJxNj8FuwyAQRL-m3IoWjIs58C0RsJsE2dgWLHX993HaS6-jeXozKTA9tnr63qh-VtqXU6AHq5ONInsNWimtxyuYwMmISIqADOIXTuQ-DJSHkq3HxiHNMm1FPP0whuS0DQDjPegQzBBJKwcuJpiccWLxx3HIlX56W-lodyL8Rfet8S2jN6Ox1g4gqm88X5Kw9CJLZknY_1p87uTf8ELMVAX_P3Dtwa2EvF44fdOca0vPF0ddTrg
One last piece of info/Abstract Study shared below which I feel certain you will appreciate what is being shared which I believe is relevant to your this recent newsletter: "Our pandemic response has resulted in an IQ drop of 22 points"
Antenatal hypoxia and low IQ values
Richard L. Naeye, MD; Ellen C. Peters
Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(1):50-54. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460010050022
We undertook analyses to determine if fetal, intrapartum, and neonatal hypoxia are important causes of low IQ values. We analyzed prospectively collected pregnancy, perinatal, and subsequent developmental data for 19,117 children. As expected, sociohereditary and demographic factors had a large influence on IQ scores. Taking these latter influences into consideration, nothing that happened during labor, delivery, or the neonatal period affected subsequent IQ values. The same was true for early pregnancy disorders that can produce acute fetal hypoxia. By contrast, antenatal disorders and conditions that can produce subacute or chronic fetal hypoxia correlated with low IQ values. These antenatal disorders and conditions were maternal gestational anemia, relative gestational hypotension, hypertension, multiple births, and fetal growth retardation. All of these findings were the same whether neurologic abnormalities were absent or present, suggesting that the same factors were sometimes involved in the genesis of cognitive impairments and neurologic abnormalities.
Fun note - CDC has changed the page about ineffective cloth masks & substituted use N95
Another credible and comprehensive report on the efficacy and safety of masks can be found here: https://c19science.info/COVID-19_Masks.pdf - it is similar to Paul Alexander’s report. I highly recommend reading other notable Covid reports by physicist John Droz at C19Science.info.