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The nasty truth about masks and what lives on them

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The writer is in New Zealand

THE ‘experts’ are currently going all in on mask wearing. Professor Michael Baker, an epidemiologist at the University of Otago, has likened the unmasked to ‘murderers’ and ‘drunk drivers’. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being widely rebuked for a photo op of a large unmasked group. Her excuse: ‘The photographer made me do it.’ 

They should read a Japanese report entitled ‘Bacterial and fungal isolation from face masks under the Covid-19 pandemic’ published by Nature last week. A picture is worth a thousand words so try Figure 5. These are the organisms found growing on face masks:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-15409-x

Note the pathogenicity column. These are dangerous for humans. The authors say: ‘We observed bacterial colonies in 99 per cent of the samples on the face-side and 94 per cent on the outer-side . . . We found no significant differences in the colony counts among the different mask types [non-woven, polyurethane, and gauze or cloth], regardless of the duration of usage.

They add: ‘Since masks can be a direct source of infection to the respiratory tract, digestive tract and skin, it is crucial to maintain their hygiene to prevent bacterial and fungal infections that can exacerbate Covid-19.’

Forget ordinary washing, nothing short of prolonged boiling can get rid of these pathogens. Even frequent mask changes are ineffective as pathogens rapidly reappear.

The authors conclude: ‘We propose that immunocompromised people should avoid repeated use of masks to prevent microbial infection.’

Reports indicate that our hospitals are swamped with cases of respiratory illness. Is prolonged mask use exacerbating the situation? Very probably:   mRNA vaccination has been associated with immune deficiency.

Evidence in favour of mask use is at best weak and contradictory. To assess the counter-arguments read this. The Japanese report is one more nail in the coffin. The damaging effects on children’s psychological development is also well known.

But if you listened to Michael Baker’s multiple mainstream media interviews (see this for example) over the last week you wouldn’t be aware that there is any doubt on the subject of masks. He is going full tilt at Ardern to mandate them for schoolchildren, no exemptions, and he is getting plenty of sympathetic coverage in MSM.

Many of our experts are falling behind when it comes to reading the latest studies, or if they do read them, dogma ensures they only see what they want to see. Government funding distorts actions and advice further. Who in NZ is going to willingly give up generous government grants and payments in order to tell it how it is? At this point, New Zealand appears to be facing a science crisis. Some experts might benefit from a break to restudy, recharge, and reassess what works and what doesn’t according to the published science record.

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Guy Hatchard
Guy Hatchard
Guy Hatchard PhD is a former senior manager at Genetic ID, a global food testing and certification company. He lives in New Zealand.

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