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2/18/22  1:32 pm
Commenter: Bobby E. For Choice

Masks Do Not Work Anyhow - NIH 2015 - Remove them From Teachers!

It is time for this mask charade to end and stop using these issues as some kind of political divide not to mention, the social divide and the injuries this has caused This is The United States of America, The Land of the Free (Choice) and Home of the Brave! I have never witnessed so many citizens fight so hard over giving up their freedoms of the right to choose, it is complete and utter insanity. If you wanna wear a mask by all means do, but do not infringe upon my freedom of choice or others. Furthermore, my health is my own business and my doctor's business and none of the governments and privatized businesses business at all!  I would hate to be on the other end of these lawsuits of injuries that may be coming to the way of the government and privatized businesses. It is time to demask everyone and move on the masks do not work anyhow according to an NIH study alone. No Mask. REMOVE them From our Teachers !!

Results: The rates of all infection outcomes were highest in the cloth mask arm, with the rate of ILI statistically significantly higher in the cloth mask arm (relative risk (RR)=13.00, 95% CI 1.69 to 100.07) compared with the medical mask arm. Cloth masks also had significantly higher rates of ILI compared with the control arm. An analysis by mask use showed ILI (RR=6.64, 95% CI 1.45 to 28.65) and laboratory-confirmed virus (RR=1.72, 95% CI 1.01 to 2.94) were significantly higher in the cloth masks group compared with the medical masks group. Penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%.

Conclusions: This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated.

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