New England Journal of Medicine on masks — nice symbols


You know how Dr. Anthony Fauci said on the 28th that wearing masks are mostly symbolic and their real purpose is to make people feel better? They do little to stop the virus? He got that from a paper published by the New England Journal of Medicine on the 21st.

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic,” according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

They are only one tool for health care workers, not for the public.

“It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals. Although such reactions may not be strictly logical, we are all subject to fear and anxiety, especially during times of crisis. One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education than with a marginally beneficial mask, particularly in light of the worldwide mask shortage, but it is difficult to get clinicians to hear this message in the heat of the current crisis.”


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❌❌ Captain Chaos ❌❌ (@tonyr951)
❌❌ Captain Chaos ❌❌ (@tonyr951)
3 years ago

The tell us to wear mask ‘to protect others’.
Studies of surgical masks back in the 80’s to determine if surgeons were passing infections to patients concluded “Really, the surgeon might as well wear nothing on their face”.

Surgical masks serve 2 purposes:
1) Protect the surgeon from patient bodily fluids
2) Make the patient feel safe

A Nonymous
A Nonymous
3 years ago

“By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.” — Russell Blaylock, MD