New Study on Masks Blows COVID Narrative Wide Open

December 5, 2022

A new rigorous international study of N95 masks has upended the federal COVID narrative.

"The CDC took nearly two years to formally recognize distinctions between masks for mitigating COVID-19 spread, finally saying in January that cloth masks offer 'the least' protection and N95 respirators, which meet strict federal standards, 'the highest,'" reports JustTheNews.

"The agency's slight nod to the largely symbolic value of cloth masks, predominantly worn in school settings, followed months of calls by onetime White House COVID advisers, among others, to promote masks actually designed to stop aerosolized transmission. It also spurred a run on N95s, sending prices skyward," according to reporting from JustTheNews.

"But a new peer-reviewed, randomized controlled trial (RCT) of N95s versus surgical masks, considered the midrange of protection, is undermining the late federal pivot to higher-quality masks and calls to reimpose mask mandates in schools, among other settings," JustTheNews reports, stating:

Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week and led by researchers at Canada's McMaster University, the study found no statistically significant difference in protection between the two kinds of masks in healthcare facilities in Canada, Israel, Pakistan and Egypt.

"High mask-wearing rates have seemingly not made a difference in Japan, where infection rates are substantially higher than those in the less-masked U.S. despite far less COVID testing in the former," reported JustTheNews.

Source: JustTheNews