Relief From Damaging Coronavirus Mandates Not Based on Science
Dear [your state name] [Governor/Representative/Senator],
As an [your state name] [resident or business owner], I respectfully request that you immediately pass legislation providing relief to the people of our state from ineffective and damaging directives related to coronavirus that have no basis in science.
Many current directives and mandates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health departments regarding coronavirus are not only ineffective but are also not based on any science. These unnecessary mandates are causing enormous financial losses to [your state name] businesses and residents, destroying our state’s economy, reducing tax receipts, creating huge unemployment, and damaging the mental and emotional health of our adults and children.
There’s No Scientific Support for Mask-Wearing
In February 2020, Surgeon General Jerome Adams sent out a tweet urging Americans to stop buying masks, saying they are “NOT effective.”2 (He has since deleted that tweet.) Adams also warned that if worn or handled improperly, face masks can increase your risk of infection.3
Similarly, in March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated4 that “people should not be walking around with masks” because “it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is.” Logically, only symptomatic individuals and health care workers were urged to wear them.
Fauci even pointed out that mask wearing has “unintended consequences” as “people keep fiddling with their mask and they keep touching their face,” which may actually increase the risk of contracting and/or spreading the virus.
While most mask studies have looked at influenza, the first COVID-19-specific randomized controlled surgical mask trial, published November 18, 2020, confirmed previous findings, showing that:16,17 The vast majority — 97.9% of those who didn’t wear masks, and 98.2% of those who did — remained infection free
The study included 3,030 individuals assigned to wear a surgical face mask and 2,994 unmasked controls. Of them, 80.7% completed the study. Based on the adherence scores reported, 46% of participants always wore the mask as recommended, 47% predominantly as recommended and 7% failed to follow recommendations.
Among mask wearers, 1.8% ended up testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, compared to 2.1% among controls. When they removed the people who reported not adhering to the recommendations for use, the results remained the same — 1.8%, which suggests adherence makes no significant difference.
Lack of Scientific Support for Mask-Wearing Well-Documented
Denis Rancourt, Ph.D., a former full professor of physics, is a researcher with the Ontario Civil Liberties Association in Canada.
Rancourt’s investigation into mask wearing was part of his research for the Ontario Civil Liberties Association. He did a thorough study of the scientific literature on masks, concentrating on evidence showing masks can reduce infection risk, especially viral respiratory diseases.
“What I found when I looked at all the randomized controlled trials with verified outcome, meaning you actually measure whether or not the person was infected … NONE of these well-designed studies that are intended to remove observational bias … found there was a statistically significant advantage of wearing a mask versus not wearing a mask.
Likewise, there was no detectable difference between respirators and surgical masks. That to me was a clear sign that the science was telling us they could not detect a positive utility of masks in this application.
We’re talking many really [high-] quality trials. What this means — and this is very important — is that if there was any significant advantage to wearing a mask to reduce this [infection] risk, then you would have detected that in at least one of these trials, [yet] there’s no sign of it.
That to me is a firm scientific conclusion: There is no evidence that masks are of any utility either preventing the aerosol particles from coming out or from going in. You’re not helping the people around you by wearing a mask, and you’re not helping yourself preventing the disease by wearing a mask.
The CDC’s own data also bear this out19,20,21 and show 70.6% of COVID-19 patients reported “always” wearing a cloth mask or face covering in the 14 days preceding their illness; 14.4% reported having worn a mask “often.” So, a total of 85% of people who came down with COVID-19 had “often” or “always” worn a mask.
Another recent investigation22 revealed the same trend, showing that states with mask mandates had an average of 27 positive SARS-CoV-2 “cases” per 100,000 people, whereas states with no mask mandates had just 17 cases per 100,000.
The CDC also specifically states wearing a cloth face mask will NOT protect you against wildfire smoke, because “they do not catch small, harmful particles in smoke that can harm your health.”23 To get any protection from harmful smoke particles, you’d have to use an N95 respirator.
The particulate matter in wildfire smoke can range from 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller in smoke and haze, to 10 micrometers in wind-blown dust.24 SARS-CoV-2, meanwhile, has a diameter between 0.06 and 0.14 micrometers, far tinier than the particulate found in smoke.
SARS-CoV-2 is also about half the size of most viruses, which tend to measure between 0.02 microns to 0.3 microns.25 Meanwhile, virus-laden saliva or respiratory droplets expelled when talking or coughing measure between 5 and 10 micrometers.26
N95 masks can filter particles as small as 0.3 microns,27 so they may prevent a majority of respiratory droplets from escaping, but not aerosolized viruses. Influenza viruses and SARS-CoV-2 are small enough to float in the air column, so as long as you can still breathe, they can flow in and out of your respiratory tract.
There are countless studies indicating the type of masks OSHA is trying to mandate do little or nothing to prevent viral transmission and infection. More:
No significant reduction in flu transmission when used in community setting — A policy review paper32 published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in May 2020, which reviewed “the evidence base on the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical personal protective measures … in non-healthcare settings” concluded, based on 10 randomized controlled trials, that there was “no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks …”
“No evidence” that universal masking prevents COVID-19 — A 2020 guidance memo by the World Health Organization pointed out that:34
“Meta-analyses in systematic literature reviews have reported that the use of N95 respirators compared with the use of medical masks is not associated with any statistically significant lower risk of the clinical respiratory illness outcomes or laboratory-confirmed influenza or viral infections …
At present, there is no direct evidence (from studies on COVID- 19 and in healthy people in the community) on the effectiveness of universal masking of healthy people in the community to prevent infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.”
Statistics Show Mask Use Has No Impact on Infection Rates
Another way to shed light on whether masks work or not is to compare infection rates (read: positive test rates) before and after the implementation of universal mask mandates. In his article,36 “These 12 Graphs Show Mask Mandates Do Nothing to Stop COVID,” bioengineer Yinon Weiss does just that.
He points out that “No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.” To see all of the graphs, check out Weiss’ article37 or Twitter thread.38 Here are just a select few to bring home the point:
Mask Mandates are Damaging the Mental and Physical Health of Adults and Children
Many studies have been carried-out to identify possible health risks from mask use, both on medical professionals and due to the universal masking of adults and children during the COVID-19 era. The harms discovered from these studies show palpable and potentially long-term negative effects, both physical and psychological. At this point there can be no question that universal masking harms people and society, without any detectable benefit.
Mandatory masks in school are a ‘major threat’ to children’s development, doctors warn.
The face mask requirement at school is bad for children’s general well-being and should be abolished, 70 doctors wrote in an open letter to Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts.
“In recent months, the general well-being of children and young people has come under severe pressure,” the letter’s authors said. “We see in our practices an increasing number of children and young people with complaints due to the rules of conduct that have been imposed on them.”
The doctors mentioned anxiety and sleep problems as well as behavioural disorders and germaphobia, which is a pathological fear of germs. They are also seeing an increase in domestic violence, isolation and deprivation.
“Mandatory face masks in schools are a major threat to their development. It ignores the essential needs of the growing child. The well-being of children and young people is highly dependent on emotional attachment to others,” they wrote.
According to them, “the face mask requirement makes school a threatening and unsafe environment, where emotional closeness becomes difficult.”
Moreover, “there is no large-scale evidence that wearing face masks in a non-professional environment has any positive effect on the spread of viruses, let alone on general health. Nor is there any legal basis for implementing this requirement.”
“Meanwhile, it is clear that healthy children living through Covid-19 heal without complications as standard and that they subsequently contribute to the protection of their fellow human beings by increasing group immunity”39
Effect of a surgical mask on six minute walking distance
[A study] To evaluate the effect of wearing a surgical mask during 6MWT in healthy subjects.
Material and method: It is a prospective study on 44 healthy subjects. After a first 6MWT for training, they performed randomly two 6MWT: with or without a surgical mask. Distance and dyspnea [shortness of breath/difficulty breathing], heart rate and saturation variations were recorded.
Results: Distance was not modified by the mask (P=0.99). Dyspnea [shortness of breath/difficulty breathing] variation was significantly higher with surgical mask (+5.6 vs. +4.6; P<0.001) and the difference was clinically relevant. No difference was found for the variation of other parameters.
Conclusion: Wearing a surgical mask modifies significantly and clinically dyspnea without influencing walked distance.40
Dr. Vainshelboim “Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis”
Dr. Baruch Vainshelboim is affiliated to Pulmonary Institute, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital, Petach Tikva, Israel and has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers and presented works at many national and International conferences.
“Long-term practice of wearing facemasks has strong potential for devastating health consequences. Prolonged hypoxic-hypercapnic state compromises normal physiological and psychological balance, deteriorating health and promotes the developing and progression of existing chronic diseases.
Conclusion: … Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death.”41
Press release of the University Hospital Leipzig (Leipzig, 2020–translated in english)
“The data show that the so-called cardiopulmonary performance is significantly reduced by both mask types. The masks affect breathing, especially the volume and the highest possible speed of the air when exhaled. The maximum possible force on the bicycle ergometer was significantly reduced. A faster acidification of the blood during exertion was registered in the metabolism (lactate).” The study was limited to a mere 3 x 3 min of exertion with a 10 min break in each case.42
Quote from interview with Dr. Christian Zilz (Zilz, 2020, translated in english)
“Mainly the increased airway resistance leads to an increase in work of breathing. In relevant pre-existing conditions such as heart, lung and muscle diseases, but also in cases of severe overweight, the respiratory muscles can be overstrained. This can then lead to an increased carbon dioxide content in the blood and also to respiratory acidosis (acidification of the blood because too little CO2 is breathed out, editor’s note). The increase in CO2 in the blood can lead to fatigue and even to carbon dioxide anaesthesia.”and “Depending on the material of an MNC or the class of an FFP mask used, the breathing effort is higher”.43
Adverse Effects of Prolonged Mask Use among Healthcare Professionals during COVID-19
A total of 343 healthcare professionals, primarily located in New York City, who worked in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic participated in a study to understand side effects from prolonged use of N95 masks. 314 respondents reported adverse effects from prolonged mask use with headaches being the most common complaint (n = 245). Skin breakdown was experienced by 175 respondents, and acne was reported in 182 respondents. Impaired cognition was reported in 81 respondents. Previous history of headaches (n = 98), skin sensitivity (n = 164), and acne (n = 121) were found in some respondents. Some respondents experienced resolved side effects once masks were removed, while others required physical or medical intervention.44
For many more studies related to the dangers of mark use please see https://childrenshealthdefense.org/the-science-of-masks/
While Covid Rarely Seriously Affects Children, Mask Mandates Do
Perhaps the saddest and most damaging effects of mask use are on our children, who are also least-likely to contract or suffer from covid-19. In children and young adults from age birth to 19, the survival rate of COVID-19 is 99.997%.46,47 In most cases, symptoms are mild or nonexistent. Among children who were hospitalized, 0.19% of children died from COVID-19, with researchers concluding in a 2021 study, “Hospitalization and in-hospital death are rare in children diagnosed with COVID-19.”48
In June 2020, the Children’s Sick Kids Hospital, perhaps the most prestigious hospital in Canada, advised that children, by and large almost completely unaffected by the virus, should not wear masks and added that physical interaction and play was essential for their well-being. The hospital further reported that 1500 asymptomatic children were tested, and none tested positive.
“We have suggested that masks not be required when children return to school.”
Michelle Science MD, MSc, FRCPC, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Hospital for Sick Children, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
“Close interaction such as playing and socializing is really central to child development and should not be discouraged…Overall we think it’s not realistic or in children’s best interests to completely avoid all close interaction and play.”
Dr Daphne Korczak, Pediatrics, Psychiatry
“For children and adolescents, masks are an absolute no-no. Children and adolescents have an extremely active and adaptive immune system and they need a constant interaction with the microbiome of the Earth. Their brain is also incredibly active, as it is has so much to learn. The child’s brain, or the youth’s brain, is thirsting for oxygen. The more metabolically active the organ is, the more oxygen it requires. In children and adolescents every organ is metabolically active.”
Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD , Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist
A new study, involving over 25,000 school-aged children in Germany shows that masks are harming schoolchildren physically, psychologically, and behaviorally. Results show 17,854 recorded complaints from parents on the adverse effects of wearing masks. Wearing masks affected children’s behavior, focus, and learning. The study recorded these manifestations among children who are forced to wear masks for 4-4.5 hours a day.
Based on the data gathered last October 20, 2020, children experienced irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%) and less happiness (49%). There were also reports on reluctance to go to school/kindergarten (44%), malaise (42%) impaired learning (38%) and drowsiness or fatigue (37%). Some children had shortness of breath, (26.4%) experienced dizziness, and children feeling weak after wearing masks.45
Other States Legislators And Governors Are Taking Action to Rescind Mask Mandates – You Should Join Them
Florida, North Dakota, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Montana and Iowa have all eliminated state mask mandates recently.
Wisconsin State Senator Steve Nass is calling for a legislative session to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ new face-covering mandate.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rules mask mandate invalid, scales back governor’s ability to issue health orders.
“In a 4-3 decision, conservative justices in the majority declared the statewide mask mandate invalid and ruled Evers exceeded his authority in issuing multiple emergency declarations over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Evers used the emergency orders to require face coverings be worn indoors statewide after lawmakers opted not to.”
Kansas State Senate President Ty Masterson says the legislature will act to remove “unnecessary” new mask mandates.
“I applaud Governor Kelly for signing SB 40, which reforms the Kansas Emergency Management Act by providing Kansans due process rights, limiting the governor’s powers, ensuring the buck stops with elected officials, and instituting critical checks and balances,” he said. “Accordingly, should the governor issue any new executive order which imposes an undue burden on the people of Kansas, including an unnecessary new mask mandate, rest assured the Senate will take immediate action once we receive the order.”
Republican lawmaker introduces legislation to remove Ohio’s mask mandate.
“Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, said Thursday that she plans to introduce new legislation next week to remove statewide mask mandates in Ohio. This comes as several other states have announced they too would do away with mask mandates.”
In a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine and other state officials, Powell says “it is past time to allow Ohioans to choose for themselves whether or not to wear a mask. My bill supports individual freedom, and allows Ohioans to make the choice of whether or not they voluntarily want to wear a mask.”
Idaho House panel approves prohibition on mask mandates.
Kentucky House lays out which COVID-19 orders it would keep. Masks aren’t one of them.
As a legal case over Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive powers moves through the Kentucky courts system, the Kentucky General Assembly is moving legislation that says which of his executive orders and regulations dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that it would — and wouldn’t — extend.https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article249865233.html
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement ending the 8-month-long statewide mask mandate and opening up Texas 100% makes it the largest state to lift orders intended to prevent spread of COVID-19. “Under no circumstances can a county judge put anyone in jail for not following COVID orders and no penalties can be imposed for failing to wear a face mask,” said Gov. Abbott.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed through a measure banning local cities from enforcing mask mandates.
He continues to maintain his position that mask-wearing should be voluntary. “This has to be voluntarily because the Constitution is not suspended just because there is a virus,” DeSantis said.
As noted by Jonathan Sumption in his February 15, 2021, Telegraph commentary “…there will always be other epidemics and pandemics.
An epidemic of Ebola, with a death rate of 50%, for example, might qualify. However, COVID-19 is nowhere near that serious a threat. As noted by Sumption, COVID-19 “is well within the range of perils which we have always had to live with, and always will.”
Data5 show the overall non-institutionalized infection fatality ratio is 0.26%. People under the age of 40 have a mere 0.01% risk of dying from the infection. The vast majority that test positive for SARS-CoV-2 have no symptoms at all, and most do not get seriously ill.
With such a small threat and good science that indicates mask wearing mandates have been extremely harmful to our state’s economy and residents it is time to formerly abandon them and ensure they are not repeated in the future. Therefore I respectfully ask you to immediately do the following:
1) Introduce legislation to rescind all our state’s mask mandates and prevent municipalities from enacting their own mandates forcing mask-wearing.
2) Require all state government departments to abandon mask mandates.
3) Prevent future executive orders or actions by the governor to require mask mandates.
Thank you for your immediate attention to this critical situation.
[your name here]
- 2 NPR July 1, 2020
- 3 CNN March 2, 2020
- 4 Life Site News July 31, 2020
- 5 Annals of Internal Medicine September 2, 2020 DOI: 10.7326/M20-5352
- 16 Annals of Internal Medicine November 18, 2020 DOI: 10.7326/M20-6817
- 17 Spectator November 19, 2020
- 19 CDC.gov MMWR September 11, 2020; 69(36), page 1261 Table
- 20 CDC MMWR Erratum September 25; 69(38): 1380
- 21 Breitbart October 14, 2020
- 22 Twitter Justin Hart December 20, 2020
- 23 CDC.gov Cloth Masks Will NOT Protect You From Wildfire Smoke
- 24 Division of Air Quality, Alaska
- 25, 27 SPhosp.org N95s — Sufficient Protection for COVID-19? (PDF)
- 26 WHO.int Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, Contact and Droplet Transmission
- 32 Emerging Infectious Diseases May 2020; 26(5)
- 34 WHO.int Advice on the Use of Masks in the Context of COVID-19
- 36, 37 The Federalist October 29, 2020
- 38 Twitter Yinon Weiss October 27, 2020
- 39 Brussels Times, September 9, 2020
- 40 Rev Mal Respir, 2018 Mar; 35(3):264-268
- 41 2021–Vainshelboim : Vainshelboim B. “Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis”.Medical Hypotheses. 2021;146:110411. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2020.110411
- 42 Leipzig, U. (2020, 07 20). Aktuelle Untersuchung am Universitätsklinikum Leipzig zeigt: Das Tragen einesMund-Nasen-Schutzes vermindert die körperliche Belastbarkeit von Gesunden.
- 43Zilz, D. C. (2020, 06 2). Mund-Nasen-Schutz im Einsatz. (S. Runnebaum, Interviewer)
- 44 Adverse Effects of Prolonged Mask Use among Healthcare Professionals during COVID-19, Elisheva Rosner, MSN, RN-C
- 45 Corona children studies “Co-Ki”: First results of a Germany-wide registry on mouth and nose covering (mask) in children
- 46 Children’s Health Defense February 11, 2021
- 47 U.S. CDC, COVID-19 Planning Scenario
- 48 European Journal of Pediatrics January 20, 2021
A significant amount of the information in this email is taken from www.mercola.com.
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