Of all the Covid medical mandates that have been implemented so far, none has been so 'in-your-face' as the face masks. You can spot a face mask from more than 100 m away.
The rationale for mandating face masks to be worn in public spaces is that they will help slow the spread of the Covid virus. But where is the proof that face masks are effective in this regard?
The best source to go to for official pronouncements about health issues is the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). They are the most authoritative health organization in the world.
On February 29, 2020 as the pandemic was starting, the W.H.O. issued a public statement about face masks on their website saying:
"A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons. However, in some cultures, masks may be commonly worn."
A month later the first wave of the pandemic peaked in many countries around the world, yet there was no change in policy from the W.H.O. regarding face masks.
On Mar 31, 2020 the W.H.O. re-iterated its statement about face masks:
"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the W.H.O. health emergencies program, said at a media briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick
On Jun 5, 2020 the W.H.O. published an update to their previous statements:
"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."
In their Jun 5, 2020 publication the W.H.O. lists a total of five potential benefits to wearing face masks and eleven potential harms or disadvantages
to wearing them.
Among the benefits listed:
- making people feel they can play a role in contributing to stopping spread of the
- reminding people to be compliant with other measures (e.g., hand hygiene, not
touching nose and mouth).
- Moreover, the production of non-medical masks may offer a source of income for
those able to manufacture masks within their communities. Fabric masks can also be
a form of cultural expression, encouraging public acceptance of protection measures
Among the potential harms/disadvantages listed:
- potential increased risk of self-contamination due to the manipulation of a face mask
and subsequently touching eyes with contaminated hands.
- potential headache and/or breathing difficulties, depending on type of mask used.
- potential development of facial skin lesions, irritant dermatitis or worsening acne,
when used frequently for long hours.
- difficulty with communicating clearly.
- a false sense of security.
- disadvantages for or difficulty wearing them, especially for children,
developmentally challenged persons, those with mental illness, elderly persons with
cognitive impairment, those with asthma or chronic respiratory or breathing
problems, those who have had facial trauma or recent oral maxillofacial surgery, and
those living in hot and humid environments.
If those potential harms listed by the W.H.O. weren't enough, there are more:
If you wear a face mask you are:
- restricting your oxygen intake.
- increasing the amount of carbon dioxide you're breathing back.
- susceptible to an increased amount of bacteria that accumulates from what you’re
- breaking down the polypropylene components of the face mask, breathing in those
toxic components and creating a histotoxic, hypoxic injury.
- increasing your cortisol levels, driving you into the 'flight or fight response' that
suppresses your immune system.
- increasing your own susceptibility to the following pathogens: virus, bacteria,
spirochetes, microplasma, yeast, fungi, parasites.
- stressing your body out.
- making your body weaker.
- making yourself hypoxic.
- increasing the risk of gum and teeth disease.
- risking death due to the reabsorption of carbon monoxide and/or fainting with a fatal
So the question that needs to be asked is, "Why are most of the governments of the world mandating the use of face masks now, despite the WHO and other doctors declaring they not only yield no potential health benefit but can actually harm your health?
It doesn't take much imagination to come up with several reasons:
- are meant to condition the populace into a state of compliance.
- lead to a state of perpetual fear.
- are a form of asphyxiation.
- are meant to muzzle the populace, figuratively and literally, to prevent natural
- are a form of psychological intimidation.
- are a form of social barrier, to prevent exchanges of ideas and camaraderie.
- cover facial expression, preventing people from detecting emotions of others.
- are dehumanizing.
- are degrading.
- are demeaning.
- condition people into a form of submission.
- are a form of psychological humiliation.
- create psychological insecurities.
- make people self-conscious.
- lead to alienation in society.
- will lower the populations' immunity and leave them vulnerable to the second wave
of the pandemic.
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