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NYT Opinion: The Mask Mandates Did Nothing. Will Any Lessons Be Learned?

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  • NYT Opinion: The Mask Mandates Did Nothing. Will Any Lessons Be Learned?
    Bret Stephens
    The Mask Mandates Did Nothing. Will Any Lessons Be Learned?
    Feb. 21, 2023

    The most rigorous and comprehensive analysis of scientific studies conducted on the efficacy of masks for reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses — including Covid-19 — was published late last month. Its conclusions, said Tom Jefferson, the Oxford epidemiologist who is its lead author, were unambiguous.

    “There is just no evidence that they” — masks — “make any difference,” he told the journalist Maryanne Demasi. “Full stop.”
    But, wait, hold on. What about N-95 masks, as opposed to lower-quality surgical or cloth masks?
    “Makes no difference — none of it,” said Jefferson.

    What about the studies that initially persuaded policymakers to impose mask mandates?

    “They were convinced by nonrandomized studies, flawed observational studies.”

    What about the utility of masks in conjunction with other preventive measures, such as hand hygiene, physical distancing or air filtration?

    “There’s no evidence that many of these things make any difference.”...

    Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

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    I 100% disagree with any study, opinion, report that supports the idea that N95 masks "did nothing"..

    I am not for mask mandates but denying the effectiveness of N95 masks for the individual is not correct.

    The mask mandates did not work as a public health tool because people were not compliant. When N95 masks became more available people did not move to that type of mask.

    No one prevention tool will "save" you but it will help in a total program of lessening risks for COVID-19.