New Report Alleges that Face Masks are both Unhealthy and Ineffective, While PolitiFact Rebuts

New Report Alleges that Facemasks are both Unhealthy and Ineffective, While PolitiFact Rebuts

A new paper from Medical Hypotheses is facing rebuke for its own contrarian hypothesis that, perhaps, our massive adoption of facemasks is more display than disease prevention. In the spirit of open investigation, we begin with a look at the controversial paper and then examine the criticism it has engendered. The article from Baruch Vainshelboim, a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, opens boldly, stating both that: 1) there is no evidence that masks work as intended, and 2) there is evidence of substantial negative effects from these face coverings. In medicine, two main types exist: the certified N95 and the classic surgical mask. The former includes a filter media and seals to the face, while the later are usually loose fitting. Also, the N95 is designed to reduce inhalation of dangerous particles, and the surgical mask is, “designed to provide a barrier protection against splash, spittle and other body fluids to spray from the wearer…to the sterile environment (patient during operation) for reducing the risk of contamination.” A third variety of mask is the popular, “non-medical cloth or fabric” type. Yet, despite the near-universal adoption, “It is not clear however, what the scie...

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