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  • The science does not support universal mask-wearing recommendations
  • A policy review paper published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in May 2020 — the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal — found no evidence to support universal mask-wearing as a protective measure in non-healthcare settings
  • A recent meta-analysis and scientific review — which focused on randomized controlled studies rather than observational ones — found that, compared to no mask, mask-wearing in the general population or among health care workers did not reduce influenza or influenza-like illness cases
  • One study found U.S. states with universal mask mandates saw a 2% reduction in growth rates of positive COVID-19 tests compared to states that did not mandate masks
  • Another investigation shows mask rules have had nothing to do with infection rates after all, as no matter how strict the mask rules and how high the compliance, cases have risen and fallen around the same time

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the bitter conflict about mask-wearing continues. In my view, the reason for this is because the science behind the mask mandates is never addressed by the politicians and public health professionals making the recommendations, and the media have completely given up on their journalistic duty.

What you end up with is Dr. Anthony Fauci saying things like “the data on mask-wearing speaks for itself,”1 without telling you that virtually all studies published to date show that universal mask-wearing does not prevent the spread of viral illness. The remedy would be a journalistic investigation, but the mainstream media clearly doesn’t fulfill that role anymore.

It’s one thing to rely on opinion and unsubstantiated belief when making decisions for your own self. It’s another when opinion is used to justify public health mandates.

When we’re talking about the health of billions of people, science really should guide the decisions made, and that means actually taking a cold hard look at the scientific literature.

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