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  • commented on Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science 2020-08-04 15:27:00 -0700
    “Nicholas Rios commented 16 days ago:
    Holy smokes literally every science report regarding masks is about the benefits of reducing spit and mucus left on public surfaces so you guys wrote an entire article debating a red herring just to feel clever. Hope you all got the emotional boost you needed.“

    LOL This is not debating a red herring. The placebo-controlled trials that show that it does not protect against viral illness WOULD show protection if people were getting sick from spit / mucus left on public surfaces. The flu and COVID are almost entirely transmitted through the air, not surfaces. And when was the last time someone coughed right in your face, especially now?

    The point is that by far most people are getting infected by the viral droplets floating around in the air for some time, and then another person breathes them in (usually through the sides of the mask anyway (but either way, the cloth / surgical masks aren’t going to block anything.

    If masks protect at all, it is VERY little. Yet that is ALL we are talking about. Hell, supplementing with vitamin D has at least a 20% protective rate with viral illnesses according to the lastest meta-analysis. We should really be talking about “effective” interventions, not masks.