An authoritative source has provided your correspondent with a summary of conclusions from a study published on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website from May 2020. A large number of studies have shown that masks for the control of influenza A, the viral particle which since 1918 has killed many millions and which is the same size as COVID-19, have been found to be absolutely useless. For the record his edited quote follows.
“The highest standard of evidence that we have to recommend medical interventions, whether using devices like masks, taking drugs, or undergoing procedures, is the randomized, controlled trial. Studies that observe people and correlate observations with outcomes are not considered ‘actionable’ because correlation does not equal causation....
“The CDC has recommended we wear face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and this is now ‘law’ in most states. These mandates are not based on any good evidence -- they are in fact contrary to the best available evidence.
“A May 2020 scientific paper in the journal ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures) summarized 10 randomized controlled trials (the highest quality of evidence) of mask use for the control of influenza, another viral respiratory disease. Their results: ‘In our systematic review, we identified 10 randomized controlled trials that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks.... In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.’
“Public health authorities and the media have systematically lied to the American people about this pandemic.”
None of the computer models and predictions, the visions of reefers filled with bodies, people dropping dead on the streets, daily corpse collections, or bulldozer-dug mass graves conjured up early on have materialized. The influenza A of 1918 was the first pandemic in the modern world. It happened 17 years before the discovery of sulfa drugs and 24 years before penicillin came into use. Medical people had only recently learned to wash their hands between patients. For pneumonia or an abdominal infection we only had prayer. Grandfather T.F.H. Morton, M.D., said that in 1909 patients just began to have better than a 50-50 chance when they saw a doctor. We have come a long way since then and live in a radically more advanced medical world. There is no comparison between now and then, the predictions continue to be wrong, and the real news is good.
We live in bizarre, the weirdest of times. Your correspondent can only guess at how history will interpret all this (if the right to free speech still exists). He surrenders and will no longer lawlessly flout the (mindless) rules by riding his bike--sans mask--along the fearsome gauntlet which is the promenade in front of the Coronado Shores.