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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

The preprint paper, which tracked more than 340,000 adults across 600 villages in rural Bangladesh, is by far the largest randomized study on the effectiveness of masks at limiting the spread of coronavirus infections. Its authors say this provides conclusive, real-world evidence for what laboratory work and other research already strongly suggest: mask-wearing can have a significant impact on limiting the spread of symptomatic covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. "I think this should basically end any scientific debate about whether masks can be effective in combating covid at the population level," Jason Abaluck, an economist at Yale who helped lead the study, said in an interview, calling it a "a nail in the coffin" of the arguments against masks.

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Mask it or casket, it's your choice.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-01 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The researchers estimate that among a group of Bangladeshi adults in the study that were encouraged to wear masks, mask-wearing increased by 28.8 percent after the intervention. When tracked, this group saw a 9.3 percent reduction in symptomatic covid-19 seroprevalence, meaning the virus was confirmed by bloodwork, as well as a further 11.9 percent reduction in covid-19 symptoms."

Interesting.

Here in Germany, the introduction of draconian measures actually resulted in an increase in COVID cases.

I wonder what's different in Bangladesh?

#2 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-09-01 03:15 PM | Reply

"Mask it or casket, it's your choice."

What they should be doing is shifting to a strategy where you wear PPE to protect yourself, not others.

Right now, someone at risk from COVID would be severely discouraged, if not actively prohibited from protecting themselves over protecting others.

#3 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-09-01 03:17 PM | Reply

"Here in Germany, the introduction of draconian measures actually resulted in an increase in COVID cases."

Doubt it.

Resulted means causality.

You only have correlation.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-01 03:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

-Here in Germany, the introduction of draconian measures actually resulted in an increase in COVID cases.

But you'll be told that in Germany...that's correlation....but Florida results....well, that's causation.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2021-09-01 03:22 PM | Reply

Data alone never show causation, Eberly.

What can show causation is a putative mechanism of action supported by correlative relationships in data.

Got one of those, for masks increasing the spread of airborne disease?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-01 03:25 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

I think I have an idea for my next shirt... Thanks

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-01 06:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 | Posted by madbomber

How about North Carolina. A study of millions of kids indicated masking alone is a powerful protection method.

I am going to come out and say masking definitely didn't cause an increase in cases. Snoofy is wrong - you don't even have correlation.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-01 06:27 PM | Reply

Snooty is following me. Quick, someone feel sorry for me.

- - eberly

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-09-01 08:56 PM | Reply

I wonder what's different in Bangladesh?

#2 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

They were smart enough to follow it?

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-02 09:51 AM | Reply

Actually, they don't work, but are a feel-good measure for many.

FYI, medical masks are used by medical personnel so that they do not spread bacteria, especially ito a open woud like in surgery. Guess what, a virus is much

FYI: excerpt from 'Virus' vs. 'Bacteria'
The key differences between two common pathogens
www.merriam-webster.com

"Bacteria are giants when compared to viruses. The smallest bacteria are about 0.4 micron (one millionth of a meter) in diameter while viruses range in size from 0.02 to 0.25 micron. This makes most viruses submicroscopic, unable to be seen in an ordinary light microscope. They are typically studied with an electron microscope."

Your medical and cloth masks ARE penetrated by viruses.

#11 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-09-02 02:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

---- off, ------.

#12 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-02 03:49 PM | Reply

"Your medical and cloth masks ARE penetrated by viruses."

You're pretty stupid, aren't you?
The viruses are contained in tiny droplets.
The mask filters the droplets.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-02 03:54 PM | Reply

Question: If the govt really believes that masks are effective and that they are trapping the virus on the outside of the mask you breath in, how come they have not mandated that at the end of each wearing, that the masks be placed in a BioHazard container to be destroyed......

Humm, not the govt administration, the NIH, CDC or the WHO have brought this up - makes one wonder does it not?

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-09-02 04:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's the other way you dolt. Masks prevent the wearer's droplets from going into the air.
Now go take a long walk off a short pier.

#15 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-02 05:59 PM | Reply

"how come they have not mandated that at the end of each wearing, that the masks be placed in a BioHazard container to be destroyed......"

Because the virus eventually pops like a bubble, it doesn't stay there being deadly forever like a land mine.

Proper use of PPE includes taking it off and washing your hands before you do anything else.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-02 06:43 PM | Reply

Your medical and cloth masks ARE penetrated by viruses.

#11 | POSTED BY MSGT

All masks are to some degree. It's about probabilities.

And the size of the bacteria or virus is irrelevant since they're not secreted in naked form. Only ignorant morons repeat that garbage.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-03 09:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Humm, not the govt administration, the NIH, CDC or the WHO have brought this up - makes one wonder does it not?

#14 | POSTED BY MSGT

No, it doesn't.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-03 09:03 AM | Reply

In my view a compelling argument for masks was the rate of influenza last season. Almost non-existant last year. Same transmission, airborn droplets.

#19 | Posted by mattm at 2021-09-03 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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