Masks don’t work to stop COVID, though they work wonders keeping kids out of school & unemployment high

But WHY don’t they work? Let’s see

Rather than thinking of respiratory aerosols like tiny spit globules, a better metaphor is cigarette smoke

Cigarette smoke is almost the exact same size as 99% of virus-carrying breath aerosols-- <1 micron. The majority of these particles are in the 0.2 – 0.25 micron range--just like the majority of breath aerosols.

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This is the EXACT range of breath aerosols. The chart below shows that out of around 11K breath aerosols generated during 5” of breathing, only about 25 are over 1 micron~0.02%. 90% are <0.3 microns—the exact same size & distribution as cigarette smoke.
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Rather than thinking of the breath aerosols as being forced THROUGH the mask, it’s better to think of the mask as being non-porous—a barrier that redirects the aerosols. They aren’t filtered, b/c the force of exhalation pushes them out the nearest gap
Way back in 2008, they found that only 0.1% of virus-carrying aerosols were larger than 5 microns, and that 87% of the virus was carried in particles <1 micron—which happens to map exactly to the size distribution of aerosols

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There has been this idea that masks must help a little, because they filter at least the larger aerosols. If there were an even distribution of aerosols by size, this would make sense. But it’s not. There are 100x more aerosols <1 micron than over.

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Additionally, we see that when the viral load peaks, around 7 days, aerosols <0.3 microns increase by 10-fold—to almost 100K. And those over 1 micron drop below 10. pnas.org/content/118/8/… Image
The going theory is that this change occurs due to inflammation of the alveoli. This might explain why asymptomatic people infect others @ a lower rate (~0.7% vs. ~18%) b/c presumably, lacking inflammation, they would generate 10x fewer aerosols.
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What you just witnessed is actually consistent with mechanistic studies that show that various masks CAN help to slow the spread. Those studies show that even an N-95 drops down to ~12% efficacy with only a 1% gap (equivalent to 1 mm on the sides).

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Let’s look at a non-fit-tested KN-95. I tried to make it a close fit, but as you can see, the smoke still goes right out the top.
While doing this, I found that when I inhaled, due to the negative pressure created, I felt the seal tighten, where exhaling I could feel the breath forcing through the gaps. This may explain why N-95s help to protect, but don’t seem to impact transmission. Image
The CDC has recently recommended double-masking—no doubt inspired by the mechanistic study performed by ACS referenced above.

Let’s try that, and see if that helps to keep the cigarette smoke in (which again, is the same size as respiratory aerosols).
Why though? In the study, the CDC notes that double masking captured 87% of respiratory aerosols. The size range was 0.01 micron to 7 microns. Here’s the problem. The measured the VOLUME of the aerosols captured.

The volume of a 7 micron aerosol is 12,000 times more than the volume of a 0.3 micron aerosol. So while aerosols over 1 micron make up less than 0.1%, and carry less than 0.1% of the virus, they make up 93% of the VOLUME of aerosols generated. Image
Which is these mechanistic studies are so flawed—and indeed why clinical trials have shown repeatedly that in real life, masks do not work to impact viral transmission.

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None of this should have come as a surprise. We have known this for decades. As far back as 1980, a very elegant experiment placed a tracer particle on the inside of a surgical mask. EVERY SINGLE TIME the particle was found IN the wound.

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A 2016 review noted that even in for their main purpose—decreasing wound infection during surgery—surgical masks have no impact. But this purpose is to stop much larger particles than the smoke-sized aerosols that drive COVID transmission.

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The breath aerosols that drive transmission of COVID and other respiratory viruses are virtually un-filterable

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Which explains why even N-95s, while again, showing good mechanistic data, do not appear to have an impact on actually reducing illness.

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It is for this reason that people who are serious have raised alarms about the ability of N-95s to protect healthcare worker, and who have given voice to the importance of ventilation. Image
Ultimately, just like incessant sanitizing to remove fomites, the 6 feet rule, etc. masks are just another part of the pandemic theater which seems to be the CDC’s raison d’être, creating panic to justify its existence.
Now as the pandemic recedes, it is fear that is the pandemic.

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Masks have become a symbol of right-think, no doubt why masking has its highest correlation with BLM support. But at the same time, the fear that masks symbolize cause acute harms—low in-person education and high unemployment.
At the same time, these policies, supported most vocally by those in states who claim to care about social justice, result in kids in districts with high minority enrollment being educated 100% virtually at ~4-5x the rate as largely white districts.
The harm does not stop there.

Masking is associated with significant increases in fear of illness, physical isolation, and feeling isolated. Image
All to no end. It is time for the CDC to end this theatre as well. Every day that this dissonance between these measures and reality continues, medicine, public health and the government lose credibility. Every day it continues, people are harmed.
The CDC has plenty of news it can share to calm people’s fears, but it chooses not to. This choice is leading many to question its motives for not doing so.
People DO believe that doctors and public health officials are smart. Thus, “incompetence” is not the answer they arrive at. They begin to suspect sinister motives—this is how conspiracy theories are planted and nurtured.
It would be far better for American Public Health to acknowledge their failures. Doing so would actually work to create far more trust in them than the pointless dissembling that is occurring now.
Of the many, many failures of American Public Health throughout this pandemic, few actions are more disgusting than the deliberate shifting of blame for their failed policies onto the American Public itself.
The deliberate demonization of those who point to the manifest inefficacy of their policies is causing real moral corrosion of the populace. It is unthinkable that any public health establishment would stoke this kind of dehumanization of the public it "serves." Image
Curiouser and curiouser

Can we light a flame by extinguishing one?

You simply CAN'T blow out a candle (or match) wearing a mask--2x mask = 2x as hard...

No matter how hard I try, with that match right in front of me, I just can't blow it out. Yet...
(sources follow 3 videos)
What about that protection? How is my mask protecting me? Let's see...
But why, why don't masks work, when the CDC says they do? Turns out there's a pretty simple explanation. The CDC doesn't look for virus where it knows (where "the science" (pre-2020) says virus is).
For a less wordy visual on this, take a look here.

The TL/DR version of this is, masks trap 100% of particles that are KNOWN (by the CDC) to capture less than 0.1% of virus. Image
Sources for all statement are in the following tweets (yes, you're entering an infinite loop).

The CDC has not just lost touch with reality, their guidance on masks is so completely dissociated from it as to amount to a WAR on reality.

The CDC’s war on reality has casualties. They are children, the poor, minorities, the elderly.

Another casualty will surely be the long-term credibility of science, medicine, and public health itself.

Instead, they note further mechanistic studies they performed which suggest they may work. These are the kind of studies they EXPLICITLY NOTED in an earlier review showed promise but were not borne out in real life.

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That the CDC has NOT chosen to analyze the data of the mass mask experiment they have conducted on the American people for the last yr, tells you all you need to know

Other people have done that work, but the CDC chooses to ignore, to look elsewhere

Rather than analyzing real world data, or re-doing the experiments that told us in the 2010’s that most infectious virus is in respiratory aerosols <1 micron, the CDC doubles down on something it KNOWS doesn’t work.

And it gets progressively more ridiculous, more un-moored from reality.

Recommending gaitors over masks to improve fit. Well, I tried that—in fact, I tried it over 3 masks, including a KN-95. I even pulled it totally up over my head.
And even with 3 masks, and a gaitor I can STILL blow out a candle—without even blowing hard. Not in front of my face, but above where the respiratory aerosols that carry COVID are.
They went so far as to propose this—noting that it became uncomfortable after just seconds into the 3” test.

Well, this immunologist effectively did this w/5 MASKS—but he actually looked for respiratory aerosols.

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Assuming that the CDC knows no bounds for its ridiculousness, I went so far as to TAPE A MASK TO MY FACE.

Guess what goes right out? Yup, the smoke. It finds a gap, and passes through.
The CDC does not want to admit it is wrong. Its intransigence has caused incredible harms, and no discernible benefit.

The harms can only be gauged obliquely. The CDC will not even ask the questions, and blocks funding from those who would.

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We fail to recognize this new threat as totalitarian, because it lacks the charismatic leader that we are used to--no hitler, no mao.

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