JD Rucker, writing for the American Conservative Movement, reported on April 17, 2021, about a study that has been suppressed by the mainstream media. The important study was published in January 2021, but there has been no coverage about it on any of the major media outlets. Steve Cortes, a political strategist, was suspended from Twitter simply for quoting from the study in a tweet. [Notice: in July 2021 the published study was retracted by the publisher]
The study in question was written by Baruch Vainshelboim, Ph.D., who is a clinical exercise physiologist, specializing in pulmonary rehabilitation. He is presently working at the Cardiology Division, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System/Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Vainshelboin published a meta-analysis of studies measuring the safety and effectiveness of masks worn to prevent the spread of COVID-19. [Notice: in July 2021 the published study was retracted by the publisher] Dr. Vainshelboim concluded:
The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.
Dr. Vainshelboim explains that “[t]he physical properties of medical and non-medical facemasks suggest that facemasks are ineffective to block viral particles due to their difference in scales. … Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask.”
You read that correctly. People are wearing masks to prevent the spread of a virus that is 1,000 times smaller than the holes in the mask. That makes about as much sense as putting up a chain-link fence to keep mosquitoes out.
Not only have face makes been shown to be ineffective in studies, but they are also detrimental to health. Dr. Vainshelboim explains that the health danger is caused because “[w]earing facemask mechanically restricts breathing by increasing the resistance of air movement during both inhalation and exhalation process.” He further reveals:
A trapped air remaining between the mouth, nose and the facemask is rebreathed repeatedly in and out of the body, containing low O2 and high CO2 concentrations, causing hypoxemia and hypercapnia. … In addition to hypoxia and hypercapnia, breathing through facemask residues bacterial and germs components on the inner and outside layer of the facemask. These toxic components are repeatedly rebreathed back into the body, causing self-contamination.
Dr. Vainshelboim explained that at sea level the oxygen level is 20.9%. Dr. Vainshelboim cites the OSHA standards for safe oxygen levels. He states that “[r]espiratory Protection Standards from Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor states that breathing air with O2 concentration below 19.5% is considered oxygen-deficiency, causing physiological and health adverse effects. These include increased breathing frequency, accelerated heartrate and cognitive impairments related to thinking and coordination.”
While that is informative, Dr. Vainshelboim failed to explain the relationship between the OSHA safe oxygen level and mask-wearing. As I explained in a previous blog article, “when a mask is put over the wearer’s mouth and nose, the oxygen level that is being breathed back in by the wearer of a mask drops to a range between 17% and 18%. That reduced level of oxygen, according to OSHA, is “immediately dangerous to life.” And it does not matter whether it is a surgical mask, an N95 mask, or a thin cloth covering. In tests, using all different types of masks, the oxygen level for the wearer dropped to a level below 19.5%, which OSHA has determined is an “oxygen-deficient atmosphere” that is “immediately dangerous to life.”
Dr. Vainshelboim concluded that face masks are ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and “[l]ong-term practice of wearing facemasks has strong potential for devastating health consequences. Prolonged hypoxic-hypercapnic state compromises normal physiological and psychological balance, deteriorating health and promotes the developing and progression of existing chronic diseases.”