‘The ordinary surgical mask does little to prevent inhalation of small droplets bearing influenza virus’
A 2006 study on Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza concluded “there is no basis for recommending quarantine either of groups or individuals.”
The study is authored by Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland COO and Deputy Director Thomas V. Inglesby, MD; Senior Analyst Jennifer B. Nuzzo, SM; CEO and Director Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH; and Distinguished Scholar D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH.
The authors recommend large scale community vaccination as a means of preventing influenza infection. As important, they say the isolation of sick people in home and hospitals, the use of antiviral medications, and of course, hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.
As for the mandatory mask-wearing orders some counties and Mayors are imposing on citizens: “studies have shown that the ordinary surgical mask does little to prevent inhalation of small droplets bearing influenza virus,” the doctors reported. “The pores in the mask become blocked by moisture from breathing, and the air stream simply diverts around the mask.”
The authors found Large-Scale Quarantine Measures, Travel Restrictions Travel restrictions, ineffective and potentially devastating:
A World Health Organization (WHO) Writing Group, after reviewing the literature and considering contemporary international experience, concluded that “forced isolation and quarantine are ineffective and impractical.”2 Despite this recommendation by experts, mandatory large-scale quarantine continues to be considered as an option by some authorities and government officials.35,43 The interest in quarantine reflects the views and conditions prevalent more than 50 years ago, when much less was known about the epidemiology of infectious diseases and when there was far less international and domestic travel in a less densely populated world. It is difficult to identify circumstances in the past half-century when large-scale quarantine has been effectively used in the control of any disease. The negative consequences of large-scale quarantine are so extreme (forced confinement of sick people with the well; complete restriction of movement of large populations; difficulty in getting critical supplies, medicines, and food to people inside the quarantine zone) that this mitigation measure should be eliminated from serious consideration.
Shelter-in-place does not work, these doctors say, and does more harm then good. Forcing people to wear a mask does absolutely nothing unless it is a N95 mask, and then should only be used by medical professionals.
Quarantining healthy people is counter productive.
Cancelling all sporting events, closing schools, killing tourism, killing off “non-essential” businesses does nothing except to destroy the state’s economy and make more Californians dependent on government – which obviously is the goal of Gov. Newsom and the tyrant mayors of the state.
Specifically, the doctors said about Quarantine:
As experience shows, there is no basis for recommending quarantine either of groups or individuals. The problems in implementing such measures are formidable, and secondary effects of absenteeism and community disruption as well as possible adverse consequences, such as loss of public trust in government and stigmatization of quarantined people and groups, are likely to be considerable. Screening passengers at borders or closing air or rail hubs. Experience has shown that these actions are not effective and could have serious adverse consequences; thus, they are not recommended. An overriding principle. Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted. Strong political and public health leadership to provide reassurance and to ensure that needed medical care services are provided are critical elements. If either is seen to be less than optimal, a manageable epidemic could move toward catastrophe.
Constitutional attorney Mark Meuser speaks about this peer reviewed study:
Science has spoken, “there is no basis for recommending quarantine either of groups or individuals.” This quote came from a 2006 scientific peer reviewed study done in the United States in reviewing an influenza pandemic. The study also said masks don’t work. Please share if you are tired of Gavin Newsom saying he is just following the science. The science has already spoken, the best thing for Californians is to reopen NOW.
Posted by Mark Meuser on Friday, May 15, 2020
The doctors offer an overriding principle: “Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted. Strong political and public health leadership to provide reassurance and to ensure that needed medical care services are provided are critical elements. If either is seen to be less than optimal, a manageable epidemic could move toward catastrophe.”
The total destruction of an economy qualifies as a catastrophe. As Attorney Meuser said, “They can dictate whatever they want if you live in fear.” Californians, experiencing neither strong political or public health leadership, are being lied to.
As the Globe reported April 6th, Many physicians are now saying the lockdown and social distancing orders are preventing herd immunity, and will drag out the course of the virus. “Stanford biophysicist and Nobel laureate Michael Levitt said, ‘The real situation is not as nearly as terrible as they make it out to be.'” Levitt emphasized: “[Y]ou need to think of corona like a severe flu. It is four to eight times as strong as a common flu, and yet, most people will remain healthy and humanity will survive.’”
No comment yet from the governor on the Stanford or USC studies published recently which show that the death rate from the virus is likely to be as low as 0.18% of COVID-19 patients, or lower.