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Published online 2020 Nov 22.Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesisBaruch Vainshelboim⁎AbstractMany countries across the globe utilized medical and non-medical facemasks as non-pharmaceutical intervention for reducing the transmission and infectivity of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Although, scientific evidence supporting facemasks’ efficacy is lacking, adverse physiological, psychological and health effects are established. Is has been hypothesized that facemasks have compromised safety and efficacy profile and should be avoided from use. The current article comprehensively summarizes scientific evidences with respect to wearing facemasks in the COVID-19 era, providing prosper information for public health and decisions making. ...ConclusionThe existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.
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The Southeast ADA Center, together with Syracuse University, released a disability issues brief titled, The ADA and Face Mask Policies, which contains the following examples of persons who might not be able to wear a face mask:•Individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other respiratory disabilities may not be able to wear a face mask because of difficulty in or impaired breathing. The CDC also states that anyone who has trouble breathing should not wear a face mask.•People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety, or claustrophobia (an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places), may feel afraid or terrified when wearing a face mask. These individuals may not be able to stay calm or function when wearing a face mask.•Some people with autism are sensitive to touch and texture. Covering the nose and mouth with fabric can cause sensory overload, feelings of panic, and extreme anxiety.•A person who has cerebral palsy may have difficulty moving the small muscles in the hands, wrists, or fingers. Due to their limited mobility, they may not be able to tie the strings or put the elastic loops of a face mask over the ears. This means that the individual may not be able to put on or remove a face mask without assistance.
People Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Don’t Need to Wear Masks Outdoors: CDCBY ZACHARY STIEBER April 27, 2021People who have been fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 are no longer being advised to wear masks outdoors.
The Southeast ADA Center, together with Syracuse University, released a disability issues brief titled, The ADA and Face Mask Policies, which contains the following examples of persons who might not be able to wear a face mask:
ATLANTA, GA—The CDC has issued brand new recommendations regarding the wearing of seat belts. Health experts there are now recommending people wear a seat belt, even when outside the car."This guidance is especially important if you're in a large group of people at the park or an outdoor event," said Dr. Stiku Pumybum. "Risk of collisions leading to bone breaks or concussions dramatically increase in large groups of people. Billions could die!" When pressed regarding what gives the CDC authority to comment on seat belt usage, they clarified that these were simply recommendations based on the latest scientific research, for the sake of public health. When further asked how exactly a seat belt that's not anchored to anything can protect anyone, they replied with a statement saying "SHUT UP IT'S SCIENCE!"The Federal Government has responded with a nationwide seat belt order for all public parks, buildings, and sidewalks. "I don't know what's so hard about this," said Biden as his aides handed him a juice box and tightened his 5-point harness. "Just wear, the dang seatbelt folks!"Bob's Quality Seat Belt Company concurred with the CDC findings and confirmed that new "outdoor seatbelts" are now on sale for $59.99.What a deal!
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Joe Biden was seen wearing a mask in a climate summit with world leaders, despite his being vaccinated and despite the conference being virtual and held over Zoom. This has made some wonder if Biden even understands how a virus works, but Biden says he’s just being cautious.“We can’t let our guard down just because we’re vaccinated and alone in a room,” Biden told reporters with a megaphone while standing twenty feet away. “See, there is this little thing called a ‘computer virus.’ Ha, I bet you thought I was some out-of-touch boomer who doesn’t know about computers. Well, for one thing, I’m too old to be a boomer -- I’m the generation before that -- and I’ve used typewriters since I was a kid -- which is a lot like a computer before you attach the TV. So I know all about computers, and they get viruses. Maybe COVID. Who knows? Better to wear a mask around them.”Doctor Fauci agreed with Biden’s assessment. “We haven’t done any studies about coronaviruses becoming computer viruses and computer viruses transferring to humans,” Fauci said, “so we can’t rule that out. I would stay away from computers as much as possible, and if you are around a computer, put a mask over the part where the fan vents. And as I keep saying, if at all possible, please just lock yourself in a large footlocker in your basement, as that’s the safest way to ride out this pandemic.”Others aren’t convinced and have made fun of Biden for his seemingly pointless mask-wearing with nicknames such as “Dumb Biden,” “Stupid Biden,” and “Biden -- Not a Smart Man.” Still, Biden persists with his extra caution and was last seen wearing a mask alone in the bathroom while fixing his hair. “Mirror Joe Biden could have COVID, for all I know,” he explained.
Williams said her lack of oxygen is a result of the mask she's been required to wear during competition, under OHA guidelines for outdoor sports.“In the past, this has never happened,” Williams said. “Then this race that I was wearing a mask, it did happen, which I don't think is a coincidence."Her coach, Dave Turnbull, echoed that belief Monday morning.“She just ran a 2:11 in Arizona without a mask on,” Turnbull said. Three seconds faster from my experience isn’t going to cause a kid to hit the track. When you’re in a mask, it certainly does.”Turnbull said that after 31 years of experience, he’s confident this wasn't a conditioning issue -- it was a mask issue.
Turnbull said that after 31 years of experience, he’s confident this wasn't a conditioning issue -- it was a mask issue.
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.Medical Hypotheses serves as a forum for innovative and often disruptive ideas in medicine and related biomedical sciences. However, our strict editorial policy is that we do not publish misleading or inaccurate citations to advance any hypotheses.The Editorial Committee concluded that the author’s hypothesis is misleading on the following basis:1. A broader review of existing scientific evidence clearly shows that approved masks with correct certification, and worn in compliance with guidelines, are an effective prevention of COVID-19 transmission.2. The manuscript misquotes and selectively cites published papers. References #16, 17, 25 and 26 are all misquoted.3. Table 1. Physiological and Psychological Effects of Wearing Facemask and Their Potential Health Consequences, generated by the author. All data in the table is unverified, and there are several speculative statements.4. The author submitted that he is currently affiliated to Stanford University, and VA Palo Alto Health Care System. However, both institutions have confirmed that Dr Vainshelboim ended his connection with them in 2016.
1. A broader review of existing scientific evidence clearly shows that approved masks with correct certification, and worn in compliance with guidelines, are an effective prevention of COVID-19 transmission.
Be suspicious of anyone who talks to you in absolutes like "masks don't work"
ThreeBays saysBe suspicious of anyone who talks to you in absolutes like "masks don't work"or, "Masks do work".
Onvacation saysThreeBays saysBe suspicious of anyone who talks to you in absolutes like "masks don't work"or, "Masks do work"."Masks reduce spread" is not an absolute statement :-)
"Don't breathe your own exhaust".
Be suspicious of anyone who talks to you in absolutes like "masks don't work".
for coronavirus droplets transmission of particles of >5 µm."
Leftists LOVE any crisis that requires regulation and obedience (Pandemics, Global Warming).Rightists DREAM about crisis that increase freedom and reduce regulation (ie Complete breakdown of Gov)
Want to be attractive? Lose the maskI go maskless. You should tooMay 12, 2021 | 10:29 amMasklessness in public requires courage. It earns the respect and esteem of your fellow commuters — the ones who don’t tut at you or berate you, that is.There is also the exhilaration of risk. Exhibiting your face in a public space is now a crime. Here in Britain, officers have ‘enforcement powers’, meaning that they can issue fines of $277 for the ‘first offense’.That is twice the penalty for dangerous driving, an act which clearly carries more substantial threats to the public at large. That is relatively cheap compared to New York. In October, the New York State Department of Health announced that ‘individuals who violate [social distancing and mask-wearing rules] are subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation’. Ouch. In Washington State, refusal to ‘protect the health’ of ‘friends and loved ones’ can result in incarceration. You can, in theory, get 90 days in county jail for a breath of fresh air.The rules are nonsense and everybody knows it. ...Removing your mask doesn’t make you universally abhorred. In fact, it endears you to surprisingly large sections of the population. You will be met with wide-eyed admiration from men and women alike. Last week, I was approached suggestively by not one but two members of the opposite sex. Could it be that I have emerged from my lockdown chrysalis a great beauty? Of course not! It’s because these hopeful gentlemen haven’t seen a strange face in full since the halcyon days of early 2020. Try it, I implore you.
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