There is a constant stream of reports covering new studies and analyses which indicate steps taken during the pandemic had minimal or perhaps no impact on halting the spread of the disease but caused severe side effects. I cannot possibly summarize more than a small portion of the articles I am reading. Here are a few:
- Plexiglas shields might increase infections.
- Kid’s facemasks had lots of horrible bugs that cause all sorts of sickness (but none of them were Covid).
- Study can’t find any benefit from shelter-in-place orders to reduce the spread of infections.
6/16/21 – Behind the Black – New studies: Plexiglas does nothing; masks carry diseases; lockdowns destroyed 40% of all small businesses – Article has discussion of the following three reports pointing to problems from the shutdown. Referenced articles include:
11/21/20 – The Swellesley Report – Wellesley High CSI (Covid-19 Scene Investigation): Main office a hotspot – Research into a cluster of Covid infections in the office of a high school recommended several changes. One of those is modifying the plexiglass dividers between all workstations. Study by the high school and local health department regarding the recommendation to modify the Plexiglas dividers:
“This last finding was both surprising and important for us, as our test of air circulation in this area using smoke devices clearly show that in several cases, Plexiglas dividers, when coupled with side panels, significantly impeded air circulation.”
In other words, the Plexiglas dividers kept the air from moving around which meant the coronavirus bugs stayed put and people in the office ingested a dramatic increase in viral load. The Plexiglas dividers contributed to people getting sick.
6/15/21 – Townhall – A Group of Parents Sent Their Kids Face Masks to a Lab for Analysis. Here’s What They Found – Masks keep you safe. Masks will protect you. Masks are wonderful. In fact, you should wear two masks.
That is what we have been told every second of every day of every month since we were unequivocally told that masks were a complete waste of effort.
Commentator points out many people have been mentioning they were ineffective and have adverse impact on social interaction and can cause health problems.
Parents at a school in Gainesville, Florida sent six facemasks to a lab for testing. The masks were either in laundered before use or were brand-new. They had been worn for one day by children ranging in age from 6 through 11.
After merely one day of use, the lab found 11 pathogens. I will not mention name of each bug, merely a few of the illnesses they cause:
- Antibiotic resistant UTIs
- Food poisoning
- Lyme disease
- Legionnaires’ disease
Half of the mask had a bacteria that causes pneumonia. One third had one or more bacteria that cause a strain of meningitis.
Oh yeah, for a control test, the parents submitted a T-shirt worn by one of the kids and unused masks. No pathogens found there, as expected.
More research ought to be performed. Perhaps research should have been performed before we were all required to wear masks.
Even though this is a small sample it raises major alarms that when wearing masks, is likely the masks that make kids sick.
Oh yeah, one more thing. The lab test detected zero, I say again zero, coronavirus bugs. And yes, the tests were capable of detecting coronavirus.
4/13/21 – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America – Evaluating the effects of shelter-in-place policies during the Covid-19 pandemic – Abstract of the study says the researchers could not detect any impact that shelter-in-place orders had on reducing the spread of the disease or the death tally.
Looking for it, they could not find any benefit.
They did detect adverse impact on unemployment trends and economic disruption in general.
Likely explanation for the zero impact on spread of disease is that people were already altering their social behaviors before the shelter-in-place orders went into effect, therefore risks from spread of the disease had already been reduced to the extent social distancing would do so.
Their conclusion? The lockdowns did no good at the price of causing economic harm.
Are you noticing a pattern in the research reports?