A reader sent us a February 3, 2022 VICE article titled “Scientists Find Putting Pantyhose on Your Head Makes Your Mask Safer” by staff writer Samantha Cole. Samantha wrote:
In 2020, researchers from the University of Cambridge started testing out some of the ways people might adjust face masks to make them fit better on their faces. Their findings were finally released as a peer-reviewed study this week in the journal PLoS ONE. [Emphasis added]
At first we thought this was political satire but after reading the article we decided to add VICE, the University of Cambridge, the journal PLoS ONE and pantyhose masks to our growing list of Sissy Watch USA members.
The journal PLoS ONE concluded:
Fit hacks can be used to effectively improve the fit of surgical and KN95 masks, enhancing the protection provided to the wearer. However, many of the most effective hacks are very uncomfortable and unlikely to be tolerated for extended periods of time. The development of effective fit-improvement solutions remains a critical issue in need of further development. [Emphasis added]
QUESTION: Fit hacks? Pantyhose Masks Really?
Perhaps Samantha got it right when she ended here column with,
If someone can figure out how to combine the fetish market for crotch-scented masks with the improved safety of a better fit, they would have a real seller on their hands.
Are Masks and Mask Mandates Effective?
James D. Agresti, the president and cofounder of Just Facts, a think tank dedicated to publishing rigorously documented facts about public policy issues, in a column titled “Coming to grips with the facts about masks” wrote:
Allegations that “masks work” and “don’t cause harm” have been enforced by governments and corporations around the world for more than 18 months through arrests, firings, censorship, fines, and denial of access to schools, supermarkets, hospitals, streets, and other public spaces. This has made it virtually impossible for many people to live without complying with mask mandates.
But scientific research shows that masks and mask mandates don’t work at all.
Dr. Vinay Prasad—an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco—has written an article that examines the scientific evidence for masking children and concludes that:
- “most of the masks worn by most kids for most of the pandemic have likely done nothing to change the velocity or trajectory of the virus.”
- “there are downsides to face coverings for pupils and students, including detrimental impacts on communication in the classroom.”
- “masking is now little more than an appealing delusion.”
- decisions to mask schoolchildren are “ignorant, cruel, fearful, and cowardly.”
- “cloth and surgical masks do absolutely nothing for protection from ambient virus.”
- “all this song and dance of wearing cloth masks with some presumption that you’re being protected from ambient virus is completely and positively 100% counter to how masks and respirators work.”
Anew study published in the The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) found that a county-wide mask order in Bexar County, Texas, did not lead to a reduction in COVID-19 hospitalization rates or deaths.
The study, which was peer reviewed, analyzed data before and after mandates were imposed at both the state level (July 3, 2020) and in Bexar County (July 5, 2020), Texas’s fourth largest county.
“We defined the control period as June 2 to July 2 and the postmask order period as July 8, 2020–August 12, 2020, with a 5-day gap to account for the median incubation period for cases; longer periods of 7 and 10 days were used for hospitalization and ICU admission/death, respectively,” the study authors wrote. “Data were reported on a per-100,000 population basis using respective US Census Bureau–reported populations.”
Authors of the study, which was reviewed by the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, analyzed the daily average number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU visits, patients on ventilators, and deaths, and concluded the policy did not reduce any of these metrics.
“All of the measured outcomes were higher on average in the postmask period as were covariables included in the adjusted model,” the researchers said. “There was no reduction in per-population daily mortality, hospital bed, ICU bed, or ventilator occupancy of COVID-19-positive patients attributable to the implementation of a mask-wearing mandate.”
The Bottom Line
Masks don’t work to stop a virus like Covid. Period.
To understand please read COVID-19 Masks: How Effective and How Safe?
On December 12th, 2020 the National Library of Medicine released a study titled “COVID-19: smoke testing of surgical mask and respirators” by J D M Douglas, N McLean, C Horsley, G Higgins, C M Douglas
Results: The Fluid Resistant Surgical Mask gave no protection to inhaled smoke particles. Modifications with tape and three mask layers gave slight benefit but were not considered practical. FFP3 gave complete protection to inhaled smoke but strap tension needs to be ‘just right’ to prevent facial trauma. Facial barrier creams are an infection risk.
Conclusions: Surgical masks give no protection to respirable particles. Emerging evidence on cough clouds and health care worker deaths suggests the implementation of a precautionary policy of FFP3 for all locations exposed to symptomatic or diagnosed COVID-19 patients. PPE fit testing and usage policy need to improve to include daily buddy checks for FFP3 users.
So there you have it. But, if you have a fetish for crotch scented masks then go for it. Otherwise, just wash your hands frequently.
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