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Curious research: Arthur Firstenberg on face masks

The introduction of mandatory masks has not reduced the mortality rate anywhere. The 20 US states that have never ordered people to wear face masks indoors or outdoors have COVID-19 death rates significantly lower than the 30 states that mandated wearing masks. Most states without masks have a COVID-19 death rate below 20 per 100,000 population, and none of them has a death rate higher than 55. All 13 states with a death rate above 55 are states that require masks in all public places. They did not protect them.

“As a medical student, I was shocked when I read Neil Orr’s study published in 1981 in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

The introduction of mandatory masks has not reduced mortality rates anywhere

Dr. Orr was a surgeon in the Severoll Surgery Department in Colchester. Both the surgeons and the staff of this department decided to observe for six months, from March to August 1980, what would happen if they did not wear masks during operations.

They did not wear masks for six months and compared the incidence of surgical wound infections from March to August 1980 with the incidence of wound infections from March to August of the previous four years.

AND they found, to their surprise, that when no one was wearing masks during surgery, the incidence of wound infections was less than half that when everyone was wearing masks.

Their conclusion: “It seems that minimal contamination can be best achieved by not wearing a mask at all,” and that wearing a mask during surgery “is a standard procedure that can be avoided”.

I was so amazed that I flipped through the medical literature, confident that this was an accident and that new research should show the usefulness of masks in preventing the spread of the disease.

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But to my surprise, the medical literature over the past forty-five years has been consistent: Masks are useless in preventing the spread of disease and, for that matter, are unsanitary items that spread bacteria and viruses on their own.

  • Ritter et al. In 1975 found that “wearing a surgical face mask had no effect on overall operating room pollution.”

  • Ha’Eri and Wiley in 1980 applied microspheres of human blood albumin to the inner surface of surgical masks during 20 operations. At the end of each operation, the washed wounds were examined under a microscope.

  • “Particle contamination of the wound has been demonstrated in every experiment.”

  • Laslett and Sabin discovered in 1989 that caps and masks are not needed during cardiac catheterization. “No patient was found to have any infections, regardless of whether a cap or mask was used,” they wrote. Scholl and Kelbek came to the same conclusion in 2002.

  • In a 1991 study by Thunevalle, a team of general surgeons did not wear masks during half of their operations over a two-year period. After 1537 operations performed with masks, the incidence of wound infection was 4.7%, while after 1551 operations performed without masks, the incidence of wound infection was only 3.5%.

  • A 2001 review by Skinner and Sutton concluded that “the evidence for discontinuing the use of surgical face masks is more compelling than the available evidence to support their continued use.”

  • Lahme et al. In 2001 wrote that “surgical face masks worn by patients during regional anesthesia did not reduce the concentration of airborne bacteria over the surgical site in our study. Therefore, wearing them is optional. ”

  • Figueiredo et al. Reported in 2001 that for five years of peritoneal dialysis without masks, the rates of peritonitis in their unit did not differ from those in those hospitals where masks were worn.

  • Bahli conducted a systematic literature review in 2009 and found that “there was no significant difference in the incidence of postoperative wound infection between the mask group and the non-mask group.”

  • Surgeons at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, acknowledging the lack of evidence to support the use of masks, stopped requiring them in 2010 for anesthesiologists and other “non-sterile” personnel in the operating room. “Our decision to no longer require conventional surgical masks for non-sterile personnel for surgery is a departure from accepted practice. But there is no evidence to support this practice, ”writes Dr. Eva Selden.

  • Webster et al. In 2010 reported obstetric, gynecological, general, orthopedic, thoracic and urological surgeries performed on 827 patients. All non-sterile staff wore masks in half of the operations, and none of them wore masks in the other half of the operations. Surgical site infections appeared in 11.5% of cases in the masked group and only 9.0% in the unmasked group.

  • Lipp and Edwards reviewed the surgical literature in 2014 and found “no statistically significant difference in infection rates between the masked and unmasked group in any of the studies.” Vincent and Edwards updated this review in 2016 and the conclusion was the same.

  • Careo, in a 2014 review based on four studies and 6,006 patients, wrote that “none of the four studies found a difference in the number of postoperative infections, whether you used a surgical mask or not.”

  • Salassa and Sviontkowski in 2014 investigated the need for brushes, masks and headgear in the operating room and concluded that “there is no evidence that these measures reduce the spread of infection at postoperative sutures.”

  • Da Zhou et al., Studying the literature in 2015, concluded that “there is a lack of substantial evidence to support claims that face masks protect a patient or surgeon from infection”.

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Curious research: Arthur Firstenberg on face masks

Schools in China now ban students from wearing masks while playing sports. Why? Because it was killing them. This deprived them of oxygen and killed them. At least three children died in physical education classes – two of them ran along the school track wearing masks. And a 26-year-old man suffered a lung collapse after running two and a half miles wearing a mask.

The introduction of mandatory masks has not reduced the mortality rate anywhere. The 20 US states that have never ordered people to wear face masks indoors or outdoors have COVID-19 death rates significantly lower than the 30 states that mandated wearing masks. In most states without masks, the death rate from COVID-19 is below 20 per 100,000 population, and in none of them the death rate exceeds 55.

All 13 states with death rates over 55 are states that require masks to be worn in all public places. They did not protect them.

“We live in an atmosphere of constant illness, meaningless separation,” writes Benjamin Cherry in the summer 2020 issue of New View magazine. – “The disconnection that destroys lives, souls and nature.” Published by econet.ru

Written by Arthur Firstenberg

Translated by Alena Basareva

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