I’ve previously mentioned Cochrane. It’s the organization that collates, analyzes and summarizes the latest medical research for doctors to improve their practice in line with the latest scientific findings. The last time it came up here was due to accusations of too much big pharma influence creeping in.
However, that seem irrelevant to these Cochrane findings:
We included 12 trials (10 cluster‐RCTs) comparing medical/surgical masks versus no masks to prevent the spread of viral respiratory illness (two trials with healthcare workers and 10 in the community). Wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of influenza‐like illness (ILI)/COVID‐19 like illness compared to not wearing masks (risk ratio (RR) 0.95, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.84 to 1.09; 9 trials, 276,917 participants; moderate‐certainty evidence. Wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of laboratory‐confirmed influenza/SARS‐CoV‐2 compared to not wearing masks (RR 1.01, 95% CI 0.72 to 1.42; 6 trials, 13,919 participants; moderate‐certainty evidence). Harms were rarely measured and poorly reported (very low‐certainty evidence).
The final bolded part means there’s not much good research out there on the subject. After three years. For some reason.
Well that’s it. Until someone does breakthrough research that shows something different, The Science is that there’s no evidence masks do shit.
There’s no wriggling out of it this time. Cochrane isn’t some devious MAGA org.
The reaction of Hypochondria Twitter has been different to what I expected. I thought there’d be outrage and cries of “blue murder!” but instead they seem to already accept the science and instead claim every person in the world should be wearing an N95 respirator every time he leaves the house, just until the end of time.
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