You and I know the truth about masks, which is why we find it so annoying to see people still wearing them.
How, after all this time, can they still not know?
A brand new peer-reviewed study, published not even two weeks ago by Beny Spira in Cureus adds still more support for our position: “Correlation Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe.”
This sentence from the abstract says it all: “These findings indicate that countries with high levels of mask compliance did not perform better than those with low mask usage.”
On numerous occasions lockdowns have been given credit for declines in hospitalizations and deaths, even though those metrics were already declining before the lockdowns were instituted. This study shows that the same has been true for masks. For example, “the peak of cases in Germany’s first wave occurred in the first week of April 2020, while masks became mandatory in all of Germany’s federal states between the 20th and 29th of April, at a time when the propagation of COVID-19 was already declining.”
By the same token, existing mask mandates did not prevent further outbreaks: “The mask mandate was still in place in the subsequent autumn-winter wave of 2020-2021, but it did not help preventing the outburst of cases and deaths in Germany that was several-fold more severe than in the first wave.”
The paper’s conclusion:
“While no cause-effect conclusions could be inferred from this observational analysis, the lack of negative correlations between mask usage and COVID-19 cases and deaths suggest that the widespread use of masks at a time when an effective intervention was most needed, i.e., during the strong 2020-2021 autumn-winter peak, was not able to reduce COVID-19 transmission. Moreover, the moderate positive correlation between mask usage and deaths in Western Europe also suggests that the universal use of masks may have had harmful unintended consequences.”