The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report in September that shows wearing masks and face coverings isn’t effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, even for those who wear them consistently.
A study was conducted in the United States last July, where they compared 154 “case-patients” who tested positive for COVID-19 and 160 participants from the same health care facility who were symptomatic but tested negative.
It was found that over 70 percent of the case-patients were contaminated with the virus and got sick despite “always” wearing a mask.
“In the 14 days before illness onset, 71% of case-patients and 74% of control participants reported always using cloth face coverings or other mask types when in public,” the report stated.
Additionally, over 14 percent of the case-patients said that they “often” wore a face covering, yet they were still infected with the virus. The study also shows that under 4 percent of the case-patients became sick with COVID-19 despite “never” wearing a mask or face covering.
Although more than 70 percent of the case-patients tried to follow the CDC recommendations to always wear face coverings at “gatherings with ≤10 or >10 persons in a home; shopping; dining at a restaurant; going to an office setting, salon, gym, bar/coffee shop, or church/religious gathering; or using public transportation,” they still came in contact and tested positive for the virus.
The study does take note of the fact that some of those people may have contracted the virus from the few moments that they took off their mask to eat or drink at “places that offer on-site eating or drinking.”
However, the CDC admitted that there is no definite way to evaluate if that was indeed the exact moment that the person became exposed and contracted the virus.
“Characterization of community exposures can be difficult to assess when widespread transmission is occurring, especially from asymptomatic persons within inherently interconnected communities,” the report stated.
The report also suggests that “direction, ventilation, and intensity of airflow might affect virus transmission, even if social distancing measures and mask use are implemented according to current guidance.”
Despite the result of the conducted study, the CDC, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, and several political authorities still encourage people to wear masks whenever they go out.
Many states and cities have even required the use of masks, saying that they are one of the main tools to “slow the spread” of the coronavirus and to keep the number of positive COVID-19 cases in their area down.
How much good has that done so far?
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