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yes masks work & no they don't pose dangers (I stopped at 5 sources)

June 18, 2020 05:59PM

, [thehill.com]

emerging evidence shows face coverings can slow the transmission of COVID-19. A study published in Health Affairs this week found that mandated use of face masks in public was associated with a reduction in the daily COVID-19 growth rate in 15 states and Washington, D.C., compared to states that did not have such requirements


. [www.washingtonpost.com]

it appears that face-mask use is an important control against multiple modes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission,” including droplets and aerosols, said Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University.

He highlighted Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam that had high rates of face-mask use early in the pandemic. They “have had better success squashing the virus and keeping their economies going,” Shaman said.

Werner Ernst Bischoff, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest University known for his studies on respiratory transmission of viruses, said masks are critical because the simple act of breathing releases potentially infected particles. Loud talking, yelling and singing release even more.


. [www.washingtonpost.com]

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that face masks are “the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission,” an inexpensive bulwark that, when combined with physical distancing, quarantine and contact tracing, is “the most likely fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic” absent an effective vaccine or drug therapy. The study, by Renyi Zhang of Texas A&M University, and colleagues, looked at outbreaks of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China; in northern Italy; and in New York from Jan. 23 to May 9. They concluded that “the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the pandemic trends in the three epicenters.” Face masks alone “significantly reduced the number of infections


. [arstechnica.com]

an economics institute in Germany looked at the implementation of mask rules in the city of Jena, comparing it to other areas in Germany. It concluded that the rules reduced the growth of the infection rate by 40 percent.


from Fact-checking six claims about effectiveness of masks for coronavirus


A Facebook user declared, “I’m starting a public movement called TAKE IT OFF,” in attempting a six-point takedown of facial coverings and how effective they are in fighting COVID-19.

The post features an image labeled “Face Mask Safety — Know The Facts Before You Wear One.” The image makes this six-part claim about masks:

“Decreases oxygen intake; increases toxin inhalation; shuts down immune system; increases virus risk; scientifically inaccurate; effectiveness not studied.”

“Well, that all sounds like a lot of dangerous nonsense,” [said] Texas A&M University-Texarkana virologist Ben Neuman

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Rampage2K-203May 30, 2020 06:43AM

  thanks for posting these

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  the situation in Italy

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zn95June 12, 2020 10:00AM

  Hospitalization increase rates are the real key.

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  Re: Hospitalization increase rates are the real key.

zn39June 13, 2020 04:09AM

  Re: Hospitalization increase rates are the real key.

zn36June 14, 2020 08:35AM

  coronavirus outbreak in Arizona is going very badly

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zn31June 17, 2020 06:20AM

  Florida’s surgeon general advises everyone to wear masks

zn25June 22, 2020 07:20PM

  6/24 -- record surges in places all over the USA

zn20June 24, 2020 05:05PM

  flu does not compare to covid-19

zn41June 15, 2020 04:20PM

  Re: flu does not compare to covid-19-- death rates

zn36June 15, 2020 04:25PM

  an example of covid-19 spreading

zn33June 15, 2020 05:01PM

  yes masks work & no they don't pose dangers (I stopped at 5 sources)

zn51June 18, 2020 05:59PM

  You should actually read the studies..

PHDram46June 18, 2020 07:05PM

  the "doubters" are outnumbered

zn52June 18, 2020 08:18PM

  more (masks)

zn28June 19, 2020 09:25AM

  oops that one is controversial turns out

zn22June 19, 2020 12:44PM

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zn28June 20, 2020 06:03AM

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zn23June 23, 2020 02:22PM

  Outta control here in Texas..

sstrams29June 23, 2020 05:44AM

  hang in there, good luck.

zn19June 23, 2020 06:30AM

  Re: hang in there, good luck.

zn17June 23, 2020 06:51AM

  Yeah, I know, but people around here..

sstrams34June 23, 2020 06:56AM

  EU prepares to ban American travelers as borders reopen on July 1

zn27June 23, 2020 10:47AM


sstrams17June 23, 2020 11:29AM

  don't blame them...

LMU9317June 24, 2020 06:37AM

  Any vaccine updates??????

ferragamo7917June 24, 2020 06:18AM

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zn37June 24, 2020 07:05AM

  looks like masks work (ie. even more evidence)

zn26June 24, 2020 04:40PM

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zn24June 25, 2020 04:34AM

  Re: Doctors unleash as coronavirus spikes: 'No other country debates masks'

Rampage2K-26June 25, 2020 10:34AM

  masks work (science is like magic except it's real)

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zn13June 27, 2020 04:45AM

  Bars closing back down in Texas..

sstrams23June 26, 2020 05:49AM

  Bars ARE shutting down alcohol sales here. ESPECIALLY the Beaches.

Ramgator22June 26, 2020 08:17AM

  Speaking of Beaches, our Fire Dept shut down an entire station.

Ramgator16June 26, 2020 08:20AM

  Flaring up here in Jacksonville BUT........

Ramgator13June 26, 2020 08:24AM

  Re: Flaring up here in Jacksonville BUT........

zn19June 26, 2020 03:52PM

  Re: Bars closing back down in Texas..

waterfield28June 26, 2020 08:54PM

  Yeah, if you've read any..

sstrams15June 27, 2020 05:58AM

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zn23June 28, 2020 07:30AM

  I think California closes back down if not

ferragamo7925June 28, 2020 03:28PM

  Jacksonville just made masks mandatory.

Ramgator11June 29, 2020 07:26AM