A report from the Centers for Disease Control released in September shows that face masks and coverings are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, even for those people who wear them constantly.
A study conducted in the United States in July found that when they compared 154 “case-patients” who tested positive for COVID-19, with a control group of 160 participants from the same health facility who were symptomatic but tested negative, over 70 percent of patient cases were contaminated with the virus and got sick despite wearing a mask “always”.
“In the 14 days leading up to the onset of the disease, 71% of patients and 74% of control participants reported that they always used face cloths or other types of masks when in public,”
In addition, more than 14 percent of patient cases said they “often” wear a face cover and are still infected with the virus. The study also shows that less than 4% of patients got the virus even if they “never” wore a face mask or cover.
Despite more than 70 percent of patients participating in the case efforts to follow CDC recommendations, pledging to always wear face covers in “meetings with ≤10 or> 10 people in a home; shopping; dining at a restaurant; going in an office, in a salon, in a gym, in a bar / cafeteria or in a church / at a religious meeting; or using public transport “, they still contracted the virus.
While the study notes that some of these people may have contracted the virus within moments of taking off their masks to eat or drink in “places that offer food or drink on site,” the CDC admits there is no effective way to evaluate if that was the exact moment when someone was exposed and contracted the virus.
“The characterization of community exposures can be difficult to assess when widespread transmission occurs, especially from asymptomatic people within intrinsically interconnected communities,” the report said.
Indeed, the report suggests that “the direction, ventilation and intensity of the airflow could affect virus transmission, even if social distancing measures and mask use are implemented according to current guidelines.” .
Despite this new scientific information, the CDC, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, and many political authorities are still encouraging people to wear masks. Many states and cities have even imposed masks, citing them as one of the main tools for “slowing the spread” of the coronavirus and keeping case numbers in their area low.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield makes it clear as much as possible: “This face mask is safer to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/Ul0Ppj5qqv
– The Recount (@therecount) September 16, 2020
Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and studied journalism.