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[–] talkingliquor 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This was posted by someone else on Voat a while back. It is not my research:

In Epidemics 2017, a meta-analysis concluded that masks had a non-significant protective effect. In the Annuals of Internal Medicine, April 2020, “neither surgical nor cotton masks effectively filtered SARS-CoV-2 during coughs by affected people.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755436516300858

According to a University of New South Wales, the widespread use of masks by healthcare workers may put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections, and their global use should be discouraged.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-04-masksdangerous-health.html?fbclid=IwAR0mW0bvC9Xmipx6HFglj4lUCJq3ZkVD1Y4M48IeP4-dafhVIIxh6cGiDFM

In the British Medical Journal 2015, “Over three times, the risk of contracting influenza-like illness if a cloth mask is used versus no mask at all.” Contaminated masks and masks holding moisture and pathogen retention can increase the risk of infection.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4420971/?fbclid=IwAR0XRootWLOnDGMHf03K-Np9WdJc9H3_lftiVVmh0rLy8RCTKE5DARX4hu0#__ffn_sectitle

A 2016 study in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology found 97% of particles penetrated cloth masks, and 44% of particles penetrated medical masks. They reported that cloth masks are only marginally beneficial in protecting individuals from particles less than 2.5 micrometers.

https://www.nature.com/articles/jes201642

As referenced in the New England Journal of Medicine, the size of Coronavirus particles varied between 0.06 micrometers and 0.14 micrometers.

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2001017

Cloth and surgical masks do not have a fit test. When worn, gaps around the edges allow small particles to enter the respiratory system. Also, according to the May 2010 edition of PLoS One, lack of eye protection was a primary risk factor of SARS-CoV transmission.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32310553/

Wearing a mask for seven hours straight may not be safe. Carbon dioxide (CO2) rebreathing has been recognized as a concern in the Ergonomics Journal.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23514282/

In the Head and Neck Pain Journal, most healthcare workers develop de novo PPE‐associated headaches or exacerbation of their pre‐existing headache disorders.

https://headachejournal.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/head.13811

The Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control Journal demonstrated, “Breathing through N95 mask materials have been shown to impede gaseous exchange and impose an additional workload on the metabolic system of pregnant healthcare workers. The benefits of using an N95 mask to prevent serious emerging infectious diseases should be weighed against potential respiratory consequences associated with extended N95 respirator usage.

https://aricjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13756-015-0086-z

Masks also hamper oxygen intake; the body and the immune system require optimal levels of oxygen to feed cells and fight off illness, including Covid19. When studied, surgeons who wore surgical masks had a decrease in blood O2 saturation and an increase in pulse rates of the surgeons after the operations due to surgical mask usage.

http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/neuro/v19n2/3.pdf

According to the Journal of Biomedicines, our oxygen concentration is closely associated with cell survival and immune functioning, making one more susceptible to illness.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6027519/

There is zero scientific evidence that wearing a mask, especially for more extended periods, protects us. However, several studies found significant problems with wearing one. Side-effects range from headaches to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, hypoxia, to more severe complications.

So, in summary, mask-wearing can be dangerous and is shown over and over again to be ineffective. It appears masks are more effective in helping to spread illness, by providing a surface for viruses to collect on, like carrying a petri dish in front of your face. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if wearing a mask poses a mental or physical risk, there are exemptions.

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[–] beekerbaker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Masks prevent a sick person from making others sick in public.

The reason they said everybody should wear masks is due to the virus thought to be shed even when not sick.

This was proven to be false recently. So if you are sick wear a mask. If you are not sick there is no need for a mask.

If you are protecting yourself from sick people you need a P99 or N99 rated filter mask tight to a fresh shaved face.

Anything less is point less.

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[–] Swervish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

For me it is very simple.

I am required to shave and were long pants when Im at work. Im also currently required to wear a mask. I comply with all of my employers rules because I am willing to conform to the company culture in order to be PAID money.

(I WILL NOT conform if my employer requires that I be vaccinated)

On the other hand.... places where SPEND money get the following treatment. I have not worn a mask in a store since first week of April, and after simply showing this to the front door guard, and only if confronted or challenged by them, I have NEVER been asked to leave the store. Not one time.

https://i.imgflip.com/40uav4.jpg

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[–] alphazebra 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Wear a trump halloween mask.

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[–] Ardithla ago  (edited ago)

A cute one or one showing him as a King if there is one.

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[–] Scrolleater 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372

Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era

The New England Journal of Medicine is the de facto #1 medical journal.

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[–] crazy_eyes ago 

is it Halloween?