American Association of Physicians and Surgeons: "Wearing masks will not reduce SARS-CoV-2"

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The following are excerpts from the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Mask Facts:

- curated by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.

Link: https://aapsonline.org/mask-facts/

Conclusion: Wearing masks will not reduce SARS-CoV-2..

Cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Masks may confuse that message and give people a false sense of security. If masks had been the solution in Asia, shouldn’t they have stopped the pandemic before it spread elsewhere?”

*The first randomized controlled trial of cloth masks. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e006577

Penetration of cloth masks by particles was 97% and medical masks 44%, 3M Vflex 9105 N95 (0.1%), 3M 9320 N95 (<0.01%).

Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.

The virus may survive on the surface of the face- masks

Self-contamination through repeated use and improper doffing is possible.

A contaminated cloth mask may transfer pathogen from the mask to the bare hands of the wearer.

Cloth masks should not be recommended for health care workers, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated.

Final Thoughts

Surgical masks – loose fitting. They are designed to protect the patient from the doctors’ respiratory droplets. The wearer is not protected from others airborne particles

People do not wear masks properly. Most people have the mask under the nose. The wearer does not have glasses on and the eyes are a portal of entry.

The designer masks and scarves offer minimal protection – they give a false sense of security to both the wearer and those around the wearer. **Not to mention they add a perverse lightheartedness to the situation.

If you are walking alone, no mask – avoid folks – that is common sense.

Remember – children under 2 should not wear masks – accidental suffocation and difficulty breathing in some

If wearing a mask makes people go out and get Vitamin D – go for it. In the 1918 flu pandemic people who went outside did better. Early reports are showing people with COVID-19 with low Vitamin D do worse than those with normal levels. Perhaps that is why shut-ins do so poorly.

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.08.20058578v4

If you are sick, stay home!

Additional Resource: Healthy People Wearing Masks, Should They or Shouldn’t They? This ER nurse with over two decades of experience took a deep dive into the science to find out: https://jennifermargulis.net/healthy-people-wearing-masks-during-covid19/

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