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  1. xileffilex

    I’d have liked to know the “June 2020” Nature paper Tom quotes. I can’t seem to find it, but an April 3 2020 article in Nature Medicine seems to be along the same lines as described
    which produces the result required by governments worldwide…

    Surgical face masks significantly reduced detection of influenza virus RNA in respiratory droplets and coronavirus RNA in aerosols, with a trend toward reduced detection of coronavirus RNA in respiratory droplets. Our results indicate that surgical face masks could prevent transmission of human coronaviruses and influenza viruses from symptomatic individuals.

    And now, [October 6 2020] in Nature, we have a news feature with fourteen references
    by Lynne Peeples
    Face masks: what the data say

    The science supports that face coverings are saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and yet the debate trundles on. How much evidence is enough?

    ….like the Science is “settled”. LOL!

    she goes on…

    To be clear, the science supports using masks, with recent studies suggesting that they could save lives in different ways: research shows that they cut down the chances of both transmitting and catching the coronavirus, and some studies hint that masks might reduce the severity of infection if people do contract the disease

    Note supporting reference#2 – relating to masked BLM protests which ” did not seem to trigger spikes in infections”

    while reference 13 and 14 not supporting mask wearing are included because of retraction or subsequent “debunking”. This is clearly a highly selective piece of scientific journalism aimed at increasing mask wearing.

    This recent Nature Scientific Reports paper , 24 September 2020 is mainly about surgical masks but is equivocal about the efficiacy of flimsy coverings touted by governments around the world in lockstep.
    Efficacy of masks and face coverings in controlling outward aerosol particle emission from expiratory activities
    Needless to say, it was ignored by Peeples.


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