NO sensible government would EVER introduce draconian measures based on current information on Covid from unbiased sources. Yet the pointless panic escalates. Facemasks will do more damage than lockdown because of the unconsidered belief they are a free ride. No. Facemasks are part of fear, mistrust, restrictions on travel, gatherings, socializing, entertainment and more. The economy will never recover with people smothered in a mask and afraid to go out. Wear a mask if you want your neighbour to lose his job.
As the British Medical Journal says:
Before implementing clinical and public health interventions, one must actively hypothesize and describe potential side effects and only then decide whether they are worth being quantified on not. …Face masks make breathing more difficult. For people with COPD, face masks are in fact intolerable to wear as they worsen their breathlessness. Moreover, a fraction of carbon dioxide previously exhaled is inhaled at each respiratory cycle. Those two phenomena increase breathing frequency and deepness…
And an article in the Canadian Medical Journal says: The surgical mask is a bad fit for risk reduction.
We’ve seen how Covid-19 went from being a virus that was going to kill off 0.7% of the population to something with half the original 0.9% fatality rate or less. The average age of those who died in the US is 75 and 80% of Canadian deaths are related to nursing homes. We learned does NOT spread exponentially affecting 80% of people. It could be as low as 20%. Covid is not terrible, and it almost irrelevant for those under 65. Why ARE you wearing a mask?
For a discussion of the fatality rates and pattern of spread, with references, see the Post “The Covid-19 Numbers….”. For references on masks and more reading, see the bottom of this post.
WHO? ME? Reject medical advice??? Yes. You.
That a mask will slow transmission is not relevant. The same argument could prove that all healthy people should wear hazmat suits in flu season. The WHO’s initial, deeply flawed report specifically stated that it did not consider ethics or economic consequences. And the WHO and the CDC and our Medical Officers still do not. Our politicians have abdicated from responsibility to make decisions for the greater good, and our Chief Medical Officers are too lazy and timid to research other sources of expert advice other than the baldly face-saving WHO.
As with the 2 meter distancing rule, guaranteed to bankrupt restaurants and twice what the WHO recommended, deciding to put almost every Canadian in a mask was decided with willful disregard for the consequences. And as one comment on Medscape said: ” We want herd immunity but do everything to prevent herd immunity”
On this July 1st we can celebrate Canada’s loss of democracy and the beginning of Canada’s economic collapse.
Mask and distancing are weapons of mask destruction for retail, entertainment, travel, tourism, sports, fitness and sports clubs and more. Those making mask decisions live in nice houses with backyards. They are on full salary. They like to feel important. Half probably do not do their own shopping. Masks and distancing are NOT decisions to be left to medical boffins who do not care how many people commit suicide because the business they built up is gone. They do not care that every other shop on your street is boarded up. They are not 60 years old sales clerks, wearing a mask on a 9 hour shift at minimum wage.
In Toronto we are now to don face masks in public indoor spaces.
“Governments are caught in a high stakes poker game where they can’t fold, and when somebody else raises the ante they just have to match that. I don’t know where these measures are going to end. I think we have over-reacted.. ” “Save your masks for robbing banks.”
-Dr. Richard Schabas, a former Ontario Chief Medical Officer
Having succeeded spectacularly in causing widespread panic, governments are now asking people what they want. This is an endless cycle of hysteria. The more people wear masks, the more fear there is, and so on. We have to end the psychology of fear.
“A surgical mask is a symbol offering non-protection to the public while causing behaviours that project risk into the future.” to quote a recent CMAJ article. Why did the teachers’ union insist on extreme safety measures? They took their cue from mask legislation.
Oh, and then there’s the health risks of masks….
Prolonged use of face masks is associated with higher rates of respiratory infection and depression of the immune system. Wearers are getting pressure and friction sores on their face and ears.
A Singapore study of health care workers found they develop new headaches or exacerbation of their pre‐existing headache disorders when wearing surgical masks.
“It is perfectly possible that the wearing of masks will kill more people than would have died if they’d caught the corona virus.” Dr. Vernon Coleman
“I’m not wearing it for me, but as a courtesy to others.”
Oh really? Well, that granny you just saved from the .0001% chance of catching a bug from you has now been made more afraid and anxious after seeing you in a mask. Now she is afraid to go out, and she thinks she better wear one too. She has a heart condition and the mask immediately puts her heart rate up, as well as impairing her immune system. Since you’ve scared her and the mask is uncomfortable, she is now staying home and being sedentary, again damaging her health, and contributing to lung congestion.
Your mask is encouraging all employers to demand their employees work 8-9 hour shifts in masks. They don’ t have the nerve to rebel if customers are wearing masks. They will get sick. But you don’t care about them. You’re only wearing yours for an hour.
The Ontario mask legislation immediately prompted teachers’ unions to demand distancing and masks for everyone as a condition for returning. Putting masks on small, rambunctious children will guarantee more illness, not less. And distancing will psychologically damage them. Wearing a mask indicates you approve of this.
This is your heart rate in different kinds of masks. We can probably anticipate more heart attacks among senior citizens, but as we’ve seen, people are too scared to go the hospital so they’ll probably die. Two children died in China from wearing face masks while exercising. A young man jogging in a mask suffered a collapsed lung.
Here is vivid description of the physiological effects from Anesthesiology. Try to imagine this for a 60+ year old sales clerk on a nine hour shift.
“At 2 metabolic equivalents (e.g., walking slowly during rounds), N95 mask use noticeably increases inhaled carbon dioxide, reduces inspired oxygen, and increases the work of breathing. The resulting inhaled carbon dioxide of 2 to 3% (normal, 0.04%) produces transient acidosis and compensatory increases in minute ventilation, work of breathing, and cardiac output.2 Symptoms include sweating, visual changes, headache, dyspnea, increased irritability, and decreased reasoning, alertness, and exercise endurance.3 Independently, the inspired oxygen of 17% (normal, 21%), yields headache, lightheadedness, drowsiness, muscular weakness, dyspnea on exertion, nausea, and vomiting.4 Simultaneously, the augmented resistance to inspiratory (15% of maximum) and expiratory flow, when experienced for greater than 10 min, results in respiratory alkalosis, increased lactate levels, fatigue, and impaired physical work capacity”.
Reopening alone is not going to recover the economy. Masks are sowing the seeds of fear and now no one wants to shop or go out. Fostering fear will have long term consequences. Who wants to sit through a movie in a stifling mask? Masks and distancing have effectively killed off restaurants and the tourism industry. That granny you “saved” is more worried about her son whose small shop is now bankrupt and about her daughter, an airline pilot, who may not find another job anywhere in Canada, than she is about postponing infection for a few months.
Masks might, but there is less proof then one might think, slow the rate of infection with the result that more infections will coincide with the flu season. This will absolutely guarantee more deaths, not just from lower immunity in winter, but possibly from vaccine interference from flu shots.
There is no endgame. There has never been a successful coronavirus vaccine. Some attempts have bombed, proving worse than nothing. Furthermore, a young person with a 99.9% probability of surviving Covid would be pretty foolish to take a hastily developed vaccine which is sure to have at least more risk than 1/10 of one percent. So no, everybody is definitely NOT going to accept a vaccine, even if they come up with one. Covid is here to stay.
For more on vaccine prospects see the Immunity Page
If you wear a mask today, YOU MUST WEAR A MASK FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. There won’t be some magical government announcement that you can stop. Not ever. Anyone so benighted to insist on masks for everyone, even though outside nursing homes (80% of deaths in Canada), the fatality rate is extremely low.
And, Covid-19 kills fewer children than conventional flu. So even if Covid disappeared, you will now be obliged to wear a mask every single flu season. That is the cost of your obedience. As Dr. Vernon Coleman said, “Silent obedience will destroy us.”
Can you catch Covid-19 through your eyes?
YES, say preliminary findings. Here is the satirical comment of one doctor on Medscape:
“Of course you can become infected with a virus through conjunctiva tissue!!!!! Yes we need shields along with masks full time year around as to put everyone at zero or near zero risk. It will save so many lives also during regular flu season and economy should be shut down for regular flu season because of the 80 thousand true deaths directly related. If it only saves one life the trillions we spend will be money well spent. Call your local politican now!!!!!!”
SURGICAL MASK WEBSITES
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-wearing-masks-1.5560578 10 May
Dr Furness’s at the University of Toronto, says wearing a mask can be dangerous.
“The worst one is wearing one for too long,” he said, noting masks can collect bacteria and other viruses. He said a study in a U.K. medical journal showed health-care workers who wore cloth masks all day while working were 13 times more likely to get a respiratory illness when compared to the standard practice of only wearing a mask when necessary. Those who wore a paper or procedure mask were twice as likely to get some type of respiratory infection if they wore it all day. The N95 masks were only worn when required during the study and no staff were affected. “This shouldn’t surprise us,” Furness said. “A mask, you’re breathing on it all day long creating all this wonderful space for bacteria to multiply, and once they get to a certain quantity you start inhaling them.” He said drug-resistant bacteria could be worse than COVID-19 for some people. “I will only wear it for two hours total wearing time,” Furness said.
Dr. Richard Schabas, a former Ontario chief medical officer https://www.theglobeandmail.com/amp/opinion/article-strictly-by-the-numbers-the-coronavirus-does-not-register-as-a-dire/
Another interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm9alyH8x_0
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29395560 France, 2018
Dyspnea variation was significantly higher with surgical mask (+5.6 vs. +4.6; P<0.001) and the difference was clinically relevant.
Neurocirugia (Astur) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18500410
Preliminary report on surgical mask [on the surgeon] induced deoxygenation during major surgery. Our study revealed a decrease in the oxygen saturation of arterial pulsations (SpO2) and a slight increase in pulse rates compared to preoperative values in all surgeon groups. The decrease was more prominent in the surgeons aged over 35.
Most healthcare workers develop new headaches or exacerbation of their pre‐existing headache disorders when wearing surgical masks.
Anesthesiology Correspondence, June 2020 -Effects of N95 Face Mask https://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=2766085
Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2005
Increase in heart rate and humidity in 4 kinds of masks. “High breathing resistance made it difficult for the subject to breathe and take in sufficient oxygen. Shortage of oxygen stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and increases heart rate (Ganong 1997). It was probable that the subjects felt unfit, fatigued and overall discomfort due to this reason. White et al. (1991) found that the increases in heart rate, skin temperature and subjective ratings may pose substantial additional stress to the wearer and might reduce work tolerance.“
Ontario Civil Liberties Association http://ocla.ca/ocla-letter-who/
“It is an unjustified authoritarian imposition, and a fundamental indignity, to have the State impose its evaluation of risk on the individual, one which has no basis in science, and which is smaller than a multitude of risks that are both common and often created or condoned by the State.” “… the WHO cannot collect and rely on potentially biased studies to make recommendations that can have devastating effects (see below) on the lives of literally billions. Rather, the WHO must apply a stringent standards threshold, and accept only randomized controlled trials with verified outcomes. In this application, the mere fact that several such quality studies have not ever confirmed the positive effects reported in bias-susceptible reports should be a red flag.”
HugsoverMasks.ca & FB group of the same name.
“Our governments have mandated measures that are not supported by the latest scientific data on COVID-19.” That would be an understatement.
Post-vaccination risk of non-influenza respiratory pathogen was higher in children.
One hour in a mask with moderate exercise may be fine (probably with healthy volunteers) but still….
increases in heart rate (9.5 beats/min; p<0.001), respiratory rate (1.6 breaths/min; p=0.02), and transcutaneous carbon dioxide (noninvasive estimation of the arterial CO2) (2.17 mmHg; p=0.0006),
Masks are Neither Effective nor Safe: A Summary of the Science https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/masks-are-neither-effective-nor-safe-summary-science
This has many references including a paper casting doubt on the utility of even the masks that surgeons wear.
Russell Blaylock, MD (A reader complained that fellow may be a bit extreme in his other opinions. It is suggested that his article and his list of references be judged on its own merits.)
In a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain. A more recent study involving 159 healthcare workers aged 21 to 35 years of age found that 81% developed headaches from wearing a face mask.3 Some had pre-existing headaches that were precipitated by the masks. All felt like the headaches affected their work performance.
The importance of these findings is that a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) is associated with an impairment in immunity. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocytes. This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and if so, having a much worse outcome.
Until recently, the CDC did not recommend wearing a face mask or covering of any kind, unless a person was known to be infected, that is, until recently. Non-infected people need not wear a mask. When a person has TB we have them wear a mask, not the entire community of non-infected. The recommendations by the CDC and the WHO are not based on any studies of this virus and have never been used to contain any other virus pandemic or epidemic in history.
In the middle of a very long interview, Dr Dolores Cahill, an award-winning researcher in infectious diseases, also said masks stress the system & depress immunity
https://www.cmaj.ca/content/188/8/606 Canadian Medical Assoc. Jl
Shane Neilson, MD, PhD candidate in English and cultural studies
The surgical mask is a bad fit for risk reduction. The surgical mask communicates risk. In the 1919 influenza pandemic, masks were available and were dispensed to populations, but they had no impact on the epidemic curve. The problem of affect in political terms is a contagious one: fear spreads among the public, leading to intensification of risk management. Wearing a mask reinforces fear. The cosmesis provided by the mask creates more risk of an affective kind. I propose that the surgical mask is a symbol that protects from the perception of risk by offering non-protection to the public while causing behaviours that project risk into the future.
Former Ontario chief medical officer Dr. Richard Schabas https://www.theglobeandmail.com/amp/opinion/article-strictly-by-the-numbers-the-coronavirus-does-not-register-as-a-dire/
“Save your masks for robbing banks. Stay calm and carry on. Let’s not make our attempted cures worse than the disease.”
Dr. Vernon Coleman [Highly recommended for a dose of common sense.]
Select “Health” and “Why We are fighting for our Lives”
For video, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6n8IXoDj5g if it has not been censored
Two schoolboys collapse and die just six days apart in China while wearing face masks
Running in a mask causes a collapsed lung.
Can you catch Covid-19 through your eyes?