Follow the science

In a peer reviewed article written in 2016 by MD and PHD Shane Neilson titled “The surgical mask is a bad fit for risk reduction," offers pretty clear evidence the idea of masks to prevent viral spread is a fallacy.

The birth of the mask was to prevent water droplets entering an open wound during surgery or treatment. It was not meant to prevent viral infection or spread.

During the influenza pandemic of 1919, masks were widely available and were dispensed to populations, but they had no impact on the epidemic curve. It was unknown to science at the time that the influenza organism is nanoscopic and can penetrate the surgical mask barrier.

As recently as 2010, the US National Academy of Sciences declared that, in the community setting, “face masks are not designed or certified to protect the wearer from exposure to respiratory hazards.” A number of studies have also shown the inefficacy of the surgical mask in household settings to prevent transmission of the influenza virus.

So my question is, why are not following the science?

Kim Dobranski, Kelowna

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