Earlier this month, the prominent New England Journal of Medicine published some research that caught my eye.
Its content surprised me because the premise of the research was that masks do no provide protection from COVID-19.
An example was used from an Argentinian cruise ship that provided passengers with surgical masks and N95 masks. Even with this precaution taken, almost everyone on the ship caught COVID-19… and 81% of those passengers were asymptomatic.
The research explores a concept called variolation, which was used when the world wrestled with smallpox. The medical community would take small tissue from the vesicle of someone with small pox and give it to a healthy person as a way to inoculate them.
The goal was simple – give someone a small dose and, hopefully, the infection would be mild and immunity would be built against smallpox.
That is exactly what the doctors who authored the study proposed. They believe that masks act as a tool for variolation of COVID-19. The theory is that the mask is essentially a variolation device that might help reduce the severity of the exposure to COVID-19.
The authors were brave to publish this research. After all, we’re told that masks protect us and stop the spread, but the actual research clearly states otherwise. Even the N95 masks do not stop the spread of viral particles. https://kanatastore.com/graphic-gifs-with-tests-done-on-masks/
In order to test the hypothesis that masks would help increase asymptomatic infection, the authors believe that additional research should be conducted. Ironically, such research has actually been performed, but not yet released.
A team in Denmark completed a study on masks that acknowledged the challenges of wearing them outside of a controlled setting. The study acknowledged that a) masks are not tight enough to keep the virus out and b) the mucous membrane of the eyes remains exposed. The researchers acknowledged that masks do not stop the spread or protect the wearer.
The question that the team in Denmark tried to answer was whether or not masks actually reduce the frequency of COVID-19 infection. In other words, do masks slow down the rate of infection at all?
The study involved 6,000 participants and was completed on June 2. That was almost four months ago. The research is completed, and they know the results. Suspiciously, no results from the trial have been published.
To put things in perspective, companies have developed vaccines for COVID-19 in less time than that. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. This research has critical information that will help countries set rational policies, and the results are being withheld. I wonder why?