Do masks work to stop the spread of coronavirus? Some studies say yes, and others say no. It is frustrating to not get a straight answer. If we are being mandated to wear a mask on our face, there has to be better evidence than what has been presented to us so far.
We are expected to take the word of health experts and government leaders and carry on with our lives while wearing an object on our face.
That isn’t good enough anymore. We deserve to know more about the actual results.
A study in Denmark found that the masks are not the effective form of protection that we have been led to believe.
The New York Times reported, “From early April to early June, researchers at the University of Copenhagen recruited 6,024 participants who had been tested beforehand to be sure they were not infected with the coronavirus.
Half were given surgical masks and told to wear them when leaving their homes; the others were told not to wear masks in public.”
The researchers wrote the following:
“The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection.”
Americans and people around the world are wearing more masks than at any point since the pandemic began, and yet the number of cases has spiked in many places.
Hawaii, an island state that is geographically isolated from the rest of the world, has seen a large increase in cases. You can’t even jog in Hawaii without wearing a mask, but that has done absolutely nothing to stop the virus. Writing for Conservative Review, Daniel Horowitz wrote, “Cases are surging more than ever – just like in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Israel, Australia, and every southern latitude area with a strict mask mandate and lockdown.”
That goes for the entire United States as a whole. A New York Times study found that 80 percent of Americans say they are wearing masks in public. Despite this, the country has seen a second wave of reported cases overall.
How about mask-wearing effectiveness around the world? In the Philippines, citizens can be arrested or even shot by police if they don’t wear masks, and according to a YouGov survey, 92 percent of Filipinos say they always wear masks. Despite this, the island nation has seen an uptick in cases. On March 15, under the direction of President Rodrigo Duterte, anyone under 21 or over 60 was not allowed out of their home, only one family member could go out for food and medicine, and there was an across-the-board curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The data on the effectiveness of masks remains flimsy at best, as evidenced by the new Danish study. If Americans are going to continue to be forced to wear masks, the data has to be more compelling, or Americans aren’t going to abide by the mandate…and they shouldn’t.