What are the Facts About Masks?
In 2012 Health Canada demanded that nurses who refused to take a vaccine would be mandated to wear a mask throughout the 6 month flu season. It was known as VOM (Vaccinate or Mask). In 2015 the Ontario Nurses Union filed a grievance against St. Michael’s Hospital’s VOM policy. The result was a precedent setting win for nurses across the country. The arbitrator in the case ruled that wearing masks “was not supported by science and was most likely an attempt to drive up vaccination rates among staff.”
BC’s Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, was one of the people who were instrumental in overturning the mask mandate and testified in the 2015 case saying, “there’s very scant evidence about the value of masks in preventing the transmission of influenza.” Henry goes on to say that there is no data to support wearing masks and, “When we look at individual strains circulating and what’s happening, I think we need it to be consistent with the fact that there was nothing that gave us support that providing a mask to everybody all the time was going to give us any additional benefit over putting in place the other measures that we have for the policy.”
In 2019 Bonnie Henry supported the arbitrator’s 2015 decision on behalf of BC Nurses.
In May 2020 Bonnie Henry unequivically states, “there is no evidence that if you’re not ill wearing a mask, particularly wearing a mask outside, or out in public, that provides much protection or any benefit at all.” “we have not seen anybody not showing any symptoms passing it on to anyone else.”
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Bonnie Henry further states that there is no real science behind the decisions she is making. View here
Numerous peer-reviewed studies, as well as the expert opinions of doctor’s and scientist’s, report masks are ineffective in protecting against so called Covid-19. The reason, “aerosol particles” (< 2.5 μm), are too fine to be blocked. They are so minute that they easily penentrate through, and around, every model of mask. The following video is an excellent and simple visual experiment to show you how this works.
Masks Don’t Work – A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy
Denis G. Rancourt, PhD
Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (ocla.ca)
- There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews
of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory
influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and
Jim Meehan MD: ophthalmologist and preventive medicine specialist with over 20 years of experience and advanced training in immunology, inflammation, and infectious disease
“The evidence is clear, masks are ineffective, unnecessary, and harmful.”
Does the science support wearing a mask? Based on the top studies, the answer is…NO!
Is wearing a mask harmful to the healthy? Yes. Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks
- Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mas
- “This can vary from headaches, to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, to hypoxia, all the way to serious life-threatening complications.”
Face Masks: CDC – Centres for Disease Control – May 5, 2020
“In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks”
“There is no evidence to suggest that wearing masks will prevent the spread of infection in the general population. Improper use of masks may in fact increase the risk of infection. Masks do not act as an effective barrier against disease when they are worn for extended periods of time. In addition, removing your mask incorrectly can spread virus to your hands and face.” – Infection, Prevention and Control CANADA*
BC Human Rights Commissioner – Report…. People with Exemptions Must be respected. https://action4canada.com/wp-content/uploads/Action4Canada-BC-Human-Rights-Masks…exemptions.-A-human-rights-approach-to-mask-wearing-during-the-COVID-19-pandemic-BCs-Office-of-the-Human-Rights-Commissioner.pdf
The BC CDC website confirms that masks are ineffective against aerosol particles.
The BC Ministry of Health also states, “Wearing a mask is not an effective measure against to keep yourself safe from viral infection.”