Masks

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Australian Department of Health on Health risks of cloth masks.

A July 2020 Department of Health (DOH) document states wearing cloth masks is associated with significant increased risk of contracting a viral respiratory infection.

The DOH document written by the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) cited a 2015 Randomised control study of 1607 Vietnamese health workers (BMJ Open. 2015;5(4):e006577) which cautioned against the use of cloth masks due to a 13 times increased risk of Influenza-like-Illness (viral respiratory infections) due to using cloth masks compared with not wearing a mask.

The study randomised over 1600 Vietnamese health-workers to wear cloth masks, medical masks or no masks, when at work, over a 4-week period. They showed a significantly higher rate of clinical respiratory infection, influenza-like illness (ILI) among 'cloth mask users' compared with 'non-mask users'.

They concluded that “prolonged use, reuse without washing and touching or adjusting masks can lead to self-contamination and infection (of the wearer)” and that these issues may have contributed to the increased incidence of respiratory infections with people wearing cloth masks compared to people not wearing masks.

CMN believes the risks of harm of prolonged mask use in the community should be taken more seriously and recommends an end to mandatory mask usage in open spaces.

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Oxford's Centre For Evidence Based Medicine claims lack of evidence for use of masks

Tom Jefferson and Carl Heneghan of Oxford’s Centre For Evidence Based Medicine claim politics rather than evidence is driving the mandating of mask use.

https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/masking-lack-of-evidence-with-politics/
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US CDC article cites May 2020 study claiming no evidence that wearing masks reduces the transmission of respiratory illnesses and, if masks are worn improperly (like when people re-use cloth masks), transmission could actually INCREASE.

“In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018….In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks…Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza….Proper use of face masks is essential because improper use might increase the risk for transmission.”

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article
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2008 Study shows reduced Oxygen levels with prolonged mask use by surgeons.

This study found: “Measured oxygen saturation of arterial pulsations (SpO2) by a pulse oximeter found a statistically significant decrease in the blood O2 saturation level of the surgeons post operationally, which is not due to prolonged standing or stress…. [and] a decrease in blood O2 saturation and an increase in pulse rates of the surgeons after the operations due to surgical mask usage."

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US Frontline Doctors Video interview on Face Masks

MASKS & LOCKDOWNS: Helpful or Hysteria? An Interview With Dr. Simone Gold. - 22/10/20 8 min

https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/custom_videos/the-obsession-with-masks-lockdowns-helpful-or-hysteria-interview-with-dr-simone-gold/
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US Frontline Doctors Summit October 2020 lecture on Masks: The Science & Myths by Dr. Lee Merritt, MD

Dr Lee Merritt explains why masks are ineffective against Covid-19 and can, in fact, be harmful.

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New England Journal of Medicine Article, May 2020: Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era

"We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.”

NEJM Article on Masks

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