Funny how Sweden always used to be a role model/example state in Europe because of their very egalitarian social policies, but now our "experts" say that Sweden got it all wrong when it comes to the COVID policies ("it's the population density!", "they will fail eventually!")
^^ 22qwert22 You're not alone in thinking healthcare products will be 'weaponized':
^ Fixed for youJust dropping a quick post in this thread and mention that I've still seen no signs of a first wave thus far. It's been a steady-state low level of cases since mid-May. I don't particularly care to enter the mask debate, but if anyone was curious the 7 studies in the spoiler tag below were linked to by the website UpToDate as evidence regarding the efficacy of masks. I haven't read any of them, and am not vouching for their methodology or results, but again if anyone is curious they can read them and draw their own conclusions.
I have read them along with the other 8 "studies" the CDC, in addition to the one I previously posted (2 Hair Stylists), published as supportive research.Just dropping a quick post in this thread and mention that I've still seen no signs of a second wave thus far. It's been a steady-state low level of cases since mid-May. I don't particularly care to enter the mask debate, but if anyone was curious the 7 studies in the spoiler tag below were linked to by the website UpToDate as evidence regarding the efficacy of masks. I haven't read any of them, and am not vouching for their methodology or results, but again if anyone is curious they can read them and draw their own conclusions.
Cloth Masks May Prevent Transmission of COVID-19: An Evidence-Based, Risk-Based Approach. AU Clase CM, Fu EL, Joseph M, Beale RCL, Dolovich MB, Jardine M, Mann JFE, Pecoits-Filho R, Winkelmayer WC, Carrero JJ SO Ann Intern Med. 2020; PMID 32441991
Reduction of secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in households by face mask use, disinfection and social distancing: a cohort study in Beijing, China. AU Wang Y, Tian H, Zhang L, Zhang M, Guo D, Wu W, Zhang X, Kan GL, Jia L, Huo D, Liu B, Wang X, Sun Y, Wang Q, Yang P, MacIntyre CR SO BMJ Glob Health. 2020;5(5) PMID 32467353
Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks. AU Leung NHL, Chu DKW, Shiu EYC, Chan KH, McDevitt JJ, Hau BJP, Yen HL, Li Y, Ip DKM, Peiris JSM, Seto WH, Leung GM, Milton DK, Cowling BJ SO Nat Med. 2020;26(5):676. Epub 2020 Apr 3. PMID 32371934
Surgical mask partition reduces the risk of non-contact transmission in a golden Syrian hamster model for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). AU Chan JF, Yuan S, Zhang AJ, Poon VK, Chan CC, Lee AC, Fan Z, Li C, Liang R, Cao J, Tang K, Luo C, Cheng VC, Cai JP, Chu H, Chan KH, To KK, Sridhar S, Yuen KY SO Clin Infect Dis. 2020; PMID 32472679
Efficacy of face mask in preventing respiratory virus transmission: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AU Liang M, Gao L, Cheng C, Zhou Q, Uy JP, Heiner K, Sun C SO Travel Med Infect Dis. 2020; PMID 32473312
Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis AU Chu DK, Akl EA, Duda S, et al SO Lancet. 2020
Association Between Universal Masking in a Health Care System and SARS-CoV-2 Positivity Among Health Care Workers. AU Wang X, Ferro EG, Zhou G, Hashimoto D, Bhatt DL SO JAMA. 2020
From ZeroHedge "CDC Director Redfield explicitly says he considers face masks to be a better safeguard against #COVID19 than even a potential vaccine." https://www.zerohedge.com/geopoliti...us-has-killed-121-american-youths-cdc-reveals
I've just finished watching an enlightening video by Robert Breaker about the virus, and masks in particular.