So if you’re one of those people out there who think people like me in here are dangerous idiots for saying things like this, I implore you to please hold your water and just take a few minutes to read this with an open mind and consider that maybe what you believe you “know” isn’t actually true. I’m asking that you at least open yourself to the possibility that you have developed a world view of this pandemic based on a cult of personality for Anthony Fauci and his ilk that has led you astray. Everything I say here is factually, irrefutably true and I challenge you to find one thing I say herein (or in any of my 50 plus posts) in which I factually misrepresent some piece of data. If you can read this and agree that it is all correct and true but you do not agree with my conclusion then that, in my opinion, makes you irrational. That is of course your prerogative but at least you should own it and not go around denigrating those of us who are actually following the SCIENCE AND DATA. OK, on with the show.
Dr. Anthony Fauci (he’s the Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the President of the United States in case you didn’t know) is at it again. This time he was on Meet the Press (more aptly “Sycophants R Us”) with Chuck Todd, and at one point old Chuckie asks Lord Fauci when we “can” take our masks off outside, even for the fully vaccinated, and then asks (actually suggests) that maybe we’ll have masks “with us” from now on in a seasonal aspect. Your benevolent overlord responds to the hard-hitting investigative question (caps from here on mine for emphasis): “…I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks, CLEARLY IF YOU LOOK AT THE DATA, DIMINISHES RESPIRATORY DISEASES. We’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year MERELY BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE DOING THE KINDS OF PUBLIC HEALTH THINGS THAT WERE DIRECTED PREDOMINANTLY AGAINST COVID-19.” Wow he’s good. He got two lies into one short answer. Quite impressive. But here are the actual facts:
Although I have documented this stuff several times already, here’s one last go at it to try to wake up the indefatigable Fauci worshippers.
October 2019: The World Health Organization in their publication “Non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza” state (concerning face masks): “Although there is NO EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING TRANSMISSION, there is mechanistic plausibility for the potential effectiveness of this measure.” They same basically the same thing for surface cleaning, contact tracing, and quarantining “exposed” individuals (saying for the latter two there is “no obvious rationale” for those measures). So here is the World Health Organization, supposedly THE healthcare authority on planet earth, stating out loud, in a publication that was 10 years in the updating, that in all of human history, there is no scientific data to show that masks reduce respiratory viral transmission.
March 8, 2020: On 60 Minutes Dr. Anthony Fauci stated: “There’s NO REASON TO BE WALKING AROUND WITH A MASK. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.” Plot twist alert! This was actually a rare (perhaps singular) moment of Fauci being honest. Notice how definitive he is in this statement compared to anything else he has said since. He always equivocates or qualifies his statements (could, would, might, maybe, perhaps, possibly, common sense, etc), but not here. Why? Because he knows that all the scientific evidence we have supports what he said. See the WHO publication above if you don’t believe me. Here’s where it gets interesting. We have since been told that Fauci was lying in this statement to protect PPE supplies for hospitals and while that reasoning may in fact be true (still a lie), Fauci was well aware of what the “science” actually said as to the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of mask usage. Then on April 3, 2020 the CDC “updated” its recommendations to say that people should wear masks when around others. This is what you’re told, that Fauci changed his position from no need for masks to you need a mask (eventually two masks) because “new evidence” came to light that now supported the use of masks. That’s a lie. I’m asking you here to think for yourself for a minute. What possible “evidence” could have come to light in just four weeks that would contradict the entirety of the scientific evidence accumulated over the previous 50 years to say now that masks do something no other scientific endeavor (actual randomized controlled trials) could do; that is, to show that masks have any kind of significant effect on viral respiratory transmission? While I have repeatedly been informed that I am not a virologist, immunologist, epidemiologist, or a small man with an over-sized ego who has spent his entire adult life skulking through the basement hallways of government buildings, and I’m pretty sure you’re not either, I am asking you to use your very own brain and answer my question. What POSSIBLE evidence could that be? There simply was not enough time to gather that type of information let alone design a study, execute it and then report on the findings. By the way, for the last year people like me have been vilified for suggesting this “novel” coronavirus acts no differently than any other respiratory virus, that it acts essentially just like the common seasonal flu virus. In response we’ve been told we’re wrong because the data we present is based on “influenza virus” and not “coronavirus” and since we’re not virologists or immunologists we could not possibly understand the complexities of such issues, yet here’s Anthony Fauci saying we “know” masks work to prevent coronavirus spread because there’s been no flu. Well isn’t that special? (shout out Church Lady)
To that point, Fauci is also lying here about the flu itself. He says there was no flu this year because of our COVID mitigations. But in places where there were no mitigation strategies, like Sweden or South Dakota, or anywhere else for that matter, they had no flu either. How do you explain that? The disappearance of the flu almost certainly attributable to viral competition rather than masks and lockdowns. Fauci knows this too (or should) but he’s lying again.
May 2020: The CDC publishes a paper entitled “Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures” The stated purpose of this paper was “…in preparation for the development of guidelines by the World Health Organization on the use of nonpharmaceutical interventions for pandemic influenza in nonmedical settings.” So this paper should be accepted as the best evidence on the planet as to the efficacy of masks and other mitigation strategies. The authors’ conclusion: “Our systematic review found NO SIGNIFICANT EFFECT OF FACE MASKS on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.” They came to the same conclusion for hand hygiene and surface cleaning and cited the only study ever done on cloth masks (in 2015) and concluded “Cloth masks resulted in SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER RATES of infection than medical masks, and also PERFORMED WORSE than the control arm…as a precautionary measure, cloth masks SHOULD NOT BE RECOMMENDED...” The “control arm” was people who wore surgical masks but sometimes just wore no masks at all.
November 11, 2020: The New England Journal of Medicine publishes a paper entitled “SARS-CoV-2 Transmission among Marine Recruits during Quarantine”. In this study Marine recruits were as locked down and masked up as human beings could be and still the coronavirus infiltrated the population. The authors also noted that the dopey daily symptom monitoring (checking your temperature when you walk in a building and asking you how you feel) that we do for theater was a waste of time.
November 18, 2020: The Annals of Internal Medicine publishes what is known as “The Danish Mask Study”. This study was conducted in April and May of 2020 but for reasons I will leave to your imagination, the results of which were not published until after the Presidential election. The results show NO DIFFERENCE in those who wore masks and those who didn’t (2.1% infection for no masks vs.1.8% for masks). Now of course since those results didn’t agree with the “experts” the publication of this study was met by a slew of naysayers telling you why you shouldn’t pay attention to this study, some even insisting the results should not have been published (SCIENCE!), and some even going so far as to tell you the results actually supported mask wearing. A report in Forbes magazine sums it up best with this gem: “While the study found little evidence that masks protected the wearers from Covid-19, it should not be used as evidence to not wear a mask.” So even though we cannot show any actual efficacy to mask-wearing, keep wearing a mask anyway. Again, SCIENCE! If masks work as well as Fauci claims, how is it possible that a study such as this would not at least show some significant protection from wearing a mask? And in more than a year now, this is the only randomized controlled trial (the gold standard of medicine) conducted to determine if masks do anything against COVID in the real world. Although this is the only randomized controlled trial we have (I wonder why), we also have examples from all over the world where communities did not employ masks or other mitigation strategies and those people have done the same as or better than anyone else.
March 5, 2021: The CDC publishes a paper in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report entitled “Association of State-Issued Mask Mandates and Allowing On-Premises Restaurant Dining with County-Level COVID-19 Case and Death Growth Rates — United States, March 1–December 31, 2020”. This study (conducted and published by the CDC, not “Conspiracy Kooks United”), looked at all U.S. counties that had mask mandates from March through the end of December of 2020, which accounted for about 75% of all U.S. counties, to determine how “CLEARLY” masks work. The results: The absolute best case scenario is that masks decreased the daily case increase by 1.8%. If you read my post entitled “A Mask Moratorium Exception” you will see that number is probably actually a decrease of only about 1/10 of one percent of overall “cases”. And even concerning the 1.8% number, the authors admit they cannot say for sure that the observed reduction is due to the effects of mask wearing. If masks so “CLEARLY” showed such significant effect as Fauci says, where is it in the actual data?
I have also posted over the last year several pieces showing you the daily case graphs in many locations and showing literally in pictures as well as, you know, math, that mask mandates had no effect on the growth or decline of the new case incidence. If masks work, they should show some effect as a deflection, or change in direction in the case curve, which they do not. And I have also explained previously how all the “studies that prove masks work” you’ve been indoctrinated with over the last year are either “mechanistic studies” which Fauci himself denounced as untrustworthy in Congressional testimony, or they are “observational studies” which are widely recognized (or at least were before 2020) as the lowest form of scientific endeavor.
If you have gotten this far, especially if you are one of the people I addressed at the outset, thanks for playing our game. I don’t know how much more one would need to convince them of my assertion that Anthony Fauci is clearly lying to you about this issue which is the singular issue that has been used as the tip of the spear to get us to do all the other things we’ve done over the last year. All of which were misguided and wrong by the way. If you would somehow like to defend Fauci and believe that perhaps he is not aware of all the SCIENCE AND DATA presented herein, then he would be an idiot. Either way, liar or idiot, I’m not sure this is the kind of person from whom you would want to take advice on how to live your life. But that’s just me. As always, you do you.