Following the Globe’s article about the Stanford University/NIH study that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that face masks have absolutely zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19, the San Jose Mercury News asks today, “When can we stop wearing masks outdoors? Is it safe to step outdoors without our mouths wrapped in cloth?”
To answer that question, the Mercury News asked academic public health doctors:
UC San Francisco infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, an early proponent of mask-wearing, said masks still make sense in some outdoors settings, such as crowded political rallies or music festivals.
Support for a shift is also coming from other prominent physicians, such as Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island; Dr. Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla; and Dr. Paul Sax, clinical director of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, among others.
The Mercury News avoided the university in their backyard, Stanford, which just released a study on the National Center for Biotechnological Information government website, which found: “The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective of viral and infectious disease such as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID -19.”
Just published Wednesday on LewRockwell.com, a Doctor uses vape clouds to illustrate how masks do not work.
The video is priceless.
The doctor takes a deep drag on his vape pipe, puts the mask back on and exhales. The vape clouds go everywhere.
The Mercury News digs in even more, managing to find a doctor to keep the mask fear alive and do what the governor says:
Now that we finally have widespread mask-wearing compliance, why encourage people to stop?
“It’s premature. I think we need to stay the course and hang with what the governor says,” said Dr. George Rutherford, an epidemiologist at UC San Francisco.
Only 25.8% of Californians of all ages are fully vaccinated, he noted. That means almost three quarters of us remain vulnerable. We should wait until June 15 to reconsider outdoor mask mandates, he said.
“As we as we get closer to having everyone vaccinated, especially adolescents, I think we can start talking about it. But now we need to exercise caution, even if (the virus) isn’t banging on the doors of the hospitals,” he said.
“There are a lot of uninfected people around,” he said. “There’s a lot of transmission around.”
How is it that if we have more than 20 million Californians vaccinated, according to Dr. Rutherford that is only 25.8% – there are nearly 40 million California residents in the state. My math says probably more than half of the state has been vaccinated.
“George W. Rutherford is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Health Administration,” his bio says. His primary research interest is in the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS in low-and middle-income countries.”
The doctor below shows us that the masks – cloth, surgical, cup mask, shop respirator mask like a N95 – not only don’t stop aerosols, which are the same size as COVID-19 or larger, they go right through and around the masks.
Aerosols are not affected by the mask, he says.
The doctor concludes, “There is absolutely nothing that any of these masks do to protect you from me. And the fact is that unless I have a mask that is fully sealed, and where I breathe through the fully filtered material both directions, and I have a really high quality filter, nothing is going to protect in either direction.
Watch his video at LewRockwell.com – it’s worth the 2:55 minutes.