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CDC Says 90% of Americans No Longer Need a Face Mask

MICHAEL ROBISON
MARCH 04, 2022

In a new guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thursday, most people living in the U.S. no longer need to wear a face mask when they go into public places.

The updated recommendation stipulates that only people living in areas with severe COVID-19 infections or hospitalization are recommended to continue wearing face masks.

According to the guidelines, ninety percent of the U.S. population is free to go without the masks in most cases. 

However, masks are still federally mandated on public transportation.

Americans who live in areas with high COVID-19 levels must wear a mask indoors, stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and get tested regularly, according to the guidelines from the CDC.

According to the CDC, while the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, the number of new cases from the omicron variant has decreased dramatically.

President Biden hinted at the new guidelines during his State of the Union address this week when he stated that most Americans would soon be free of the mask mandates. 

“With 75% of adult Americans fully vaccinated and hospitalizations down by 77%, most Americans can remove their masks, return to work, stay in the classroom, and move forward safely,” the president said.

So, What Was the Point? Masks Allow 90% of Particles To Filter Through Giving Them Little Ability To Prevent C0VID Transmission, Study Finds

MANSUR SHAHEEN
U.S. DEPUTY HEALTH EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:20 EST, 1 March 2022 |

Cloth masks do little to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other airborne diseases, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom found that 90 percent of particles could get through cloth masks, making them effectively useless during the pandemic.

Cloth masks have been popular in the U.S., as they are easily reusable after washing and at some points were the most accessible due to shortages and high prices for surgical or N95 masks.

Now, though, experts have discovered that these masks were doing little if anything to actually stop the spread of the virus, and likely contributed to spread as people who believed they were acting safely were not doing so.

Researchers found that cloth masks only block an estimated 10 percent of all particles from getting through. Because cloth masks are made of tightly woven yarn (top) unlike surgical and other kind of masks that are made to filter particles (bottom) they are not as protective against Covid

Researchers found that cloth masks only block an estimated 10 percent of all particles from getting through. Because cloth masks are made of tightly woven yarn (top) unlike surgical and other kind of masks that are made to filter particles (bottom) they are not as protective against Covid

Researchers do not recomend surgical masks either because they are not well fitting and often leave gaps that allow should-be filtered particles to escape

Researchers do not recommend surgical masks either because they are not well-fitting and often leave gaps that allow should-be filtered particles to escape

Researchers, who published their findings Tuesday in Physics of Fluids, built an airflow simulation using 3d imaging to gauge how well different masks were used during the pandemic filtered particles.

They note that unlike N95 or surgical masks, cloth masks are not built using material made to filter out particles.

Cloth masks are made out of tightly-woven fabrics. While not visible to the eye, small gaps in the fabric are enough to allow for a vast majority of particles to get through.

‘Masks are air filters, and woven fabrics, such as cotton, make for good jeans, shirts, and other apparel, but they are lousy air filters,’ Richard Sear, co-author of the study and physicist at Surrey University, said in a statement.

KN95 masks are built to filter out particles and have a standard filtration of 95 percent.

‘The filtering layer of an N95 mask is made from much smaller, 5-micrometer fibers with gaps that are 10 times smaller, making it much better for filtering nasty particles from the air, such as those containing virus,’ Sear said.

KF-94 masks are considered to be very effective as well, with the ability to filter out 94 percent of particles.

Filtration efficiency is not the only two benefits of those masks, though. Fit is very important as well.

A mark should fit tightly around a person’s face, almost hugging their nose, cheeks, and chin.

This is to avoid leaving gaps above or below the mouth and the nose where air can escape. 

Even if a person does have a mask that can filter up to 95 percent of particles if the mask isn’t well-fitting then the particles could just escape out of the side anyways.

This is why Sear also does not recommend the use of surgical masks. 

‘Surgical masks fit badly, so a lot of air goes unfiltered past the edges of the mask by the cheeks and nose,’ he said. 

While this is only one study, based on a computer model, the implications are major when looking back on two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many Americans wore cloth masks, almost exclusively, throughout the pandemic believing they were doing their part to stop the spread of the virus.

Wearing a mask also may have made people feel more comfortable about going out in public, believing the face coverings would protect everyone around them from the virus.

It could be the case that the cloth masks were providing little to no protection at all, and people believing they were taking proper virus mitigation measures were not doing so.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends KN95 masks as the gold standard to stop the spread, but still recommends cloth masks as a valid face covering on its website. 

Leaked Memo Urges Democrats to Declare Victory on Covid, Run Away from Restrictions

Democrats’ recent retreat from the restrictive COVID-19 policies that defined them for the first two years of the pandemic is largely a byproduct of popular backlash to those policies, suggests the revelation of a newly-unearthed memo from a Democrat consulting firm.

Punchbowl News published a memo dated February 24 by Impact Research advising Democrats to “take credit for ending the COVID crisis phase of the COVID war, point to important victories like vaccine distribution and providing economic stability to Americans, and fully enter the rebuilding phase that comes after any war.”

“Twice as many voters are now more concerned about COVID’s effect on the economy (49%) than about someone in their family or someone they know becoming infected with the coronavirus (24%),” the memo reads. “Two-thirds of parents and 80% of teachers say the pandemic caused learning loss, and voters are overwhelmingly more worried about learning loss than kids getting COVID. Six in 10 Americans describe themselves as ‘worn out’ by the pandemic. The more we talk about the threat of COVID and onerously restrict people’s lives because of it, the more we turn them against us and show them we’re out of touch with their daily realities.”

“Don’t set “COVID zero” as the victory condition. Americans also don’t think victory is COVID Zero,” the document continues. “They think the virus is here to stay, and 83% say the pandemic will be over when it’s a mild illness like the flu rather than COVID being completely gone, and 55% prefer that COVID should be treated as an endemic disease. And that’s what most Americans are dealing with — a disease with fatality rates like the flu — because most of us took the personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our families by getting vaccinated.”

Impact Research calls on Democrats to “recogniz[e] that the threat of COVID is no longer what it was even a year ago and therefore should not be treated as such,” which entails no longer supporting shutdowns, lockdowns, and mask mandates. It suggests citing the availability of the COVID vaccines as the reason they are no longer necessary, and that Democrats should more broadly claim credit for COVID being more manageable.

“If we focus on how bad things still are and how much worse they could get, we set Democrats up as failures unable to navigate us through this,” the memo concludes. “When 99% of Americans can get vaccinated, we cause more harm than we prevent with voters by going into our third year talking about restrictions. And, if Democrats continue to hold a posture that prioritizes COVID precautions over learning how to live in a world where COVID exists, but does not dominate, they risk paying dearly for it in November.”

The Washington Examiner noted that the memo was dated a day before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published new, relaxed COVID-19 guidelines that will dramatically reduce the areas of the country where mask requirements are recommended, by shifting the criteria for the recommendations from transmission rates to hospitalizations. Even so, the Examiner notes that the administration has been slower to back away from COVID restrictions than many state governments.

Only seven states (plus the District of Columbia and several U.S. territories) still have statewide mask mandates. Numerous left-wing figures have claimed that evolving scientific knowledge has justified the change, but critics have suspected that the real deciding factor was internal polling, such as that conducted by New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy’s team, indicating that forced masking is deeply unpopular.

Further, evidence suggests that Democrats preferred COVID-19 policies have been either ineffective at saving lives or canceled out by associated harms, starting with lockdowns.

Last March, the left-wing Associated Press admitted that “California and Florida have experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19 case rates,” despite the former imposing some of the most draconian lockdown measures in the country and the latter remaining mostly open, and that the mortality gulf between Connecticut and South Dakota was similarly small despite the wide gulf in their approach to lockdowns.

In April 2021, Simon Fraser University economics professor Douglas Allen published a study that concluded that while lockdowns saved 22,333 years’ worth of lost life they also caused 6.3 million years of lost life, making the policy’s net long-term harm 282 times worse than its benefits, thanks to the combined toll of canceled or delayed care for other medical issues, and the psychological harm of lost jobs and social isolation, among other factors.

In October, another study by Marine Baudin, Jérémie Mercier, and Denis Rancourt attributed much of the U.S. COVID death toll to “persistent chronic psychological stress induced by the long-lasting government-imposed societal and economic transformations during the COVID-era [which] converted the existing societal (poverty), public-health (obesity) and hot-climate risk factors into deadly agents.” Most recently, a meta-analysis published in Johns Hopkins University’s Studies in Applied Economics found that “lockdowns have had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality” but have “imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted.”

Meanwhile, evidence suggests that masks have played little, if any, role in reducing COVID-19’s spread across the United States, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) September 2020 acknowledgement that masks cannot be counted on to keep out COVID when spending 15 minutes or longer within six feet of someone, or a May 2020 study published by CDC’s peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases that “did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility.”

Last May, another study found that, though mandates effectively increased mask use, that usage did not yield the expected benefits. “Mask mandates and use (were) not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread among U.S. states” from March 2020 to March 2021. In fact, the researchers found the results to be a net negative, with masks increasing “dehydration … headaches and sweating and decreas[ing] cognitive precision,” and interfering with communication, as well as impairing social learning among children.

“The potential educational harms of mandatory-masking policies are much more firmly established, at least at this point, than their possible benefits in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools,” University of California-San Francisco epidemiologist professor Vinay Prasad wrote in September. “Early childhood is a crucial period when humans develop cultural, language, and social skills, including the ability to detect emotion on other people’s faces. Social interactions with friends, parents, and caregivers are integral to fostering children’s growth and well-being.”

Finally, data indicates that widespread dissemination of the potentially-harmfulabortion-tainted COVID vaccines are unable to end the pandemic. The federal government considers more than 215 million Americans (65% of the eligible) to be “fully vaccinated” (a moving target given the vaccines’ temporary nature), yet data from Johns Hopkins University reported last October shows that more Americans died of COVID-19 by that point in 2021 (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000). The Moderna vaccine has been available throughout all of 2021; the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson shots were made available in late February.

Last Week the “Experts” Admitted Lockdowns Did Not Reduce Mortality Rates — NOW They Admit Masking Was Mostly Worthless

Jim Hoft
February 12th, 2022

Last week Johns Hopkins revealed Dr. Fauci’s “ill-founded” lockdowns were entirely ineffective in reducing US mortality rates by only 0.2%

Now, we find out the mask mandates didn’t make much of a difference during the pandemic.
We already knew this.
But the elites are finally admitting what we already knew.

Screaming Karens hurt the most.

Bloomberg reported:

Masks have been the most visible part of America’s pandemic response, but one of the least consequential. The fact that 500,000 people worldwide died during the omicron surge means it’s time to change tactics, and focus on what went wrong that led to so many hospitalizations and deaths…

…The benefits of universal masking have been difficult to quantify. One controlled study in Bangladesh showed a small but statistically significant benefit — among people who consistently used masks, 7.6% got symptomatic infections compared to 8.6% in the control group. Other studies have been inconclusive

…The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota have laid out a more complex analysisGiven the current understanding that the virus is transmitted in fine aerosol particles, it’s likely an infectious dose could easily get through and around loose-fitting cloth or surgical masks.

For the record… The Gateway Pundit reported on this nearly a year ago.