The Facts About Masks

Should we participate in universal masking?  I’m interested in the data, not the emotional hype.  As the controversy around wearing masks continues to escalate in many areas of the country, I thought it would be good to take a closer look at the facts, and science around the practice of wearing masks.  The general narrative that seems to be circulating is that wearing a mask “can’t hurt” and if it helps even the slightest bit in the effort to keep people healthy then, “for the sake of others” we should be wearing them.  Some people have become so emotionally charged by this idea that wearing a mask is a demonstration of love and caring for others that they are attacking people on social media who disagree.  Essentially it has been “seeded” into the consciousness of a majority of people that those who question the narrative are selfish, evil people who only care about themselves.  The fact that people are buying into this and attacking other people who disagree with them is way more concerning and hypocritical to me than whether or not you choose to wear a mask.  The latter however, is what this post intends to address.

Types of Masks

So let’s introduce the types of masks that we will be talking about in this post.  For generalization purposes, we’ll be looking at three different types of masks.  The first is the N95 masks which are considered to be true PPE equipment, surgical masks, and cloth masks.  The first two have industry standards to which they must comply in order to earn their names.  Cloth masks however have no standard and can range from a simple single layer bandanna to multiple layers of woven material.  I should point out that some N95 masks have a one way valve on the front, which for obvious reasons would not help protect others, if worn by an infected person.  Those are typically used by construction workers to filter out dust, but were never intended to keep particles in.

Do Cloth Masks Work?

Since we are still being told not to wear surgical or N95 masks “because that too would be selfish and irresponsible” because it would take necessary PPE equipment away from those who really need it, I’ll primarily be addressing cloth masks.  Inevitably however, the studies and information will address the other types of masks, which should serve as a good comparison since those masks were actually designed to filter out contaminants.  The cloth masks that seem to be the most popular are a simple design of one or two layers of material, with some elastic ear “hooks” to keep them on the face.

So far I have only found one study that actually tests the efficacy of cloth masks against the spread of SARS-CoV-2.  This study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that, “both surgical and cotton masks seem to be ineffective in the preventing and dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19 to the environment and external mask surface.”  The cloth mask used in this study was a 2 layer Seoulsa brand mask.

Another study published by Nature medicine suggests that face masks are effective, and has been used to contradict the conclusion of the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, but it should be pointed out that this study only tested the efficacy of surgical masks, not cloth masks.  It also did not test using SARS-CoV-2 infected patients, but rather seasonal “coronaviruses”.  The test had a much larger test base of 246 people, and was focused primarily on breathing as opposed to coughing.  Some coughing however occurred during the 30 minutes of breath “collection”.  They concluded that surgical masks do help reduce the distribution of coronaviruses, rhinoviruses, and influenza.  They do however point out that “a large proportion of the participants”, had “undetectable viral shedding in exhaled breath for each virus studied.”  That means that many of the control group who did not wear a mask produced undetectable amounts of virus in the collected samples as well.

Professor Benjamin Cowling of the WHO Collaboration Centre for Infectious Disease said in regards to these two studies, “There’s been enough research done to be able to confidently say that masks wouldn’t be able to stop the spread of infection, that they would only have a small effect on transmission,” Cowling said. “We shouldn’t be relying on masks to help us go back to normal.”

So Hard To See

So why is that so hard to believe that a face covering would not be effective in filtering out viruses from exhaled breath or coughing?  I’ve looked at the research and still think it makes sense… “put this on my face and it has to stop the virus from getting out right?”  The problem is with our ability to comprehend relativity.  Something is only large when compared to something small, and vice versa.  I created this diagram just for my own understanding based upon the actual size of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the relative sizes of the droplets in which it is transmitted, and the pore size of woven materials (using the smaller sizes of the latter two).  This is what it looks like.

Looking at this crude model in scale, it’s easy to see how a single layer of woven material would provide almost no protection against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory droplets.  The only viable solution using woven materials then would be to increase the layers and hope that the pores were lined up in such a way as to block the respiratory droplets.  Let’s say that for each layer, we effectively cut the pore size in half.  The pore size with one layer is 133 times the size of a single respiratory droplet.  To get a 1 to 1 ration you would need at least 7 layers of woven fabric, with very small pore size (we are calculating based upon one of the smallest poor sizes), that were also aligned perfectly.

So in a best case scenario, if enough layers are used, a cloth mask could reduce the amount off the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is expelled into the air by breathing or coughing.  However, most people are not using 7 layer, 5 layer, or even 3 layer masks.  They are using 1 or 2 layer masks, because anything more than that, would make it difficult to breath.  I also suspect that most “mask makers” are also using softer woven materials, which would have a much larger pore size than what we were discussing and show above, because they “have to be comfortable too” right?

Check out this video news clip out of Australia where an Argentinian firefighter demonstrates the efficacy of masks against aerosol deodorant.

UPDATED 8/22/2020

And Check out this video of a doctor demonstrating the effectiveness of different types of masks.

Speaking of “mask makers”, apparently they are fully aware that wearing anything other than an N95 mask will not provide adequate protection against viral transmission or acquisition.  Here is a shot of the warning label on the side of the box for some surgical masks, which most seem to agree should be more effective than cloth masks because of the filtering material used.

The NIH Published a study on different types of masks and the effect they had against SARS in 2017.  Here is their conclusion.

“Our analysis confirms the effectiveness of medical masks and respirators against SARS. Disposable, cotton, or paper masks are not recommended. The confirmed effectiveness of medical masks is crucially important for lower-resource and emergency settings lacking access to N95 respirators. In such cases, single-use medical masks are preferable to cloth masks, for which there is no evidence of protection and which might facilitate transmission of pathogens when used repeatedly without adequate sterilization.”

However, upon reading the actual results in the study, apparently even N95 masks were not 100% effective at protecting against SARS.  Here are some quotes from the study.

“N95 respirators conferred protection against confirmed SARS-CoV infection in 2 of 3 case-control studies”

“Two studies found no protective effect of either medical masks or N95 respirators against SARS”

What Doctors Are Saying And Supporting Studies

This next section includes a LOT of information.  There are a few things you should be aware of.  First of all, pay close attention to the “masks” that are being studied or reviewed.  A “medical mask” is usually referring to a “surgical mask”, whereas a “cloth mask” we can assume is referring to the standard 1 or 2 layer cloth masks being recommended for wear by non-healthcare providers or in a non-healthcare setting.

Secondly, there have been very few studies actually done on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  In fact the only study that I know for sure is that specific, is listed above.  Many of the studies listed below were done on “coronaviruses” of which there are over 36 variations, some of which cause illness such as the common cold, and others that do not.  Some of the studies also include information about influenza, and most of the medical professionals seem to believe there is enough similarities that any findings in the regards to the use of face masks would carry over.

Dr. Brosseau and Dr. Sietsema from the University of Illinois at Chicago pointed out 3 reasons in this article why everyone wearing a mask is not recommended.

“There is no scientific evidence they are effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

Their use may result in those wearing the masks to relax other distancing efforts because they have a sense of protection

We need to preserve the supply of surgical masks for at-risk healthcare workers.”

They go on to point out that the widespread practice of wearing masks in the Hubei province of China seemed to have little or no effect on the mass transmission of the virus there.

“Sweeping mask recommendations—as many have proposed—will not reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission, as evidenced by the widespread practice of wearing such masks in Hubei province, China, before and during its mass COVID-19 transmission experience earlier this year. Our review of relevant studies indicates that cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as PPE. “

Dr. Denis G. Rancourt, PhD from Ontario Civil Liberties Association published a very detailed paper available on Research Gate.  It includes several actual studies done on masks in general, and his conclusion is that they simply don’t work.  Here’s some of what he had to say…

“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 aerosol particles.”

I’m going to link out to several of those studies here.  After all, we are interested in science, not hype or emotion.

Dr. Rancourt said in his analysis and review of the data and studies linked above…

“In light of the medical research, therefore, it is difficult to understand why public-health authorities are not consistently adamant about this established scientific result, since the distributed psychological, economic and environmental harm from a broad recommendation to wear masks is significant, not to mention the unknown potential harm from concentration and distribution of pathogens on and from used masks. In this case, public authorities would be turning the precautionary principle on its head”

Dr. Eric Nepute discussed the well known research articles on the subject of wearing masks.

Sweden’s state epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell said…

“Face masks can be effective against larger free-floating particles [connected to air pollution], but nothing suggests that they help protect you from airborne viruses.”

Dr. Andrew Kaufman, when speaking about N95 masks said this…

“If you put a chain link fence around your garden to keep out mosquitoes… right?  There’s no chance that it would work.”

The National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine published a meta-analysis study this month on the effectiveness of cloth masks in protecting others from the spread of Covid-19.  They came to the following conclusion.

“because aerosols play an important role in coronavirus transmission, cloth masks will do little, if anything, to limit spread of the disease.”

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), who contributed to the paper, said the problem is that—like surgical masks—cloth face masks cannot stop the invisible droplets as small as 5 microns and tiny bio-aerosol particles as small as a fraction of a micron that we breath in and out. This is the micro-world of viruses and—face it—cloth and surgical masks are useless here. These aerosol particles are the reason we can smell the perfume section at Macy’s halfway down the mall. We all know from experience that covering our nose with our t-shirt can’t stop the smell of perfume.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee:

“A regular surgical face mask won’t benefit you.”

Dr. Jeff Barke, Orange County California says in regards to face masks…

“Not as effective as we’re led to believe.”  “…there’s a tendency to touch it, to adjust it, to scratch your nose, they’re uncomfortable, and immediately as soon as you start doing that, you remove any protective benefit from that mask.  I’ve had asked of me, we’ll what if I’m sick, shouldn’t I have a mask on cause won’t that prevent the droplet spread of me to infect somebody else.  Theoretically yes, but the problem with that is, there’s very little evidence, that there’s this crop dusting occurrence, where I’m walking around, I have no symptoms, yet I’m spraying virus everybody for other people to get infected.  As a matter of face there were some studies done in New York, that showed the vast majority, I think it was about 67% to 70% of people that catch this virus do so indoors, in their own homes.  Not out in public.”

GMB’s D.r Hilary Jones says…

“Most masks have gaps in them through which the virus can drive a bus through. The virus size is 1/10,000th of a millimetre.”

Sir Patrick Vallance added that such masks can be “detrimental” and claim they only provide psychological benefits to the public”

WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said he was unaware of a move by officials in Austria to require people to wear face masks when they go to supermarkets.

With some countries facing shortages of masks, Ryan reiterated that WHO believes generally they should be worn by people who are ill, to prevent them from spreading the virus, and by health care workers who really need them.

“But there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit – in fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite,” he said.

Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh says if you’re not careful, you could end up doing more harm than good.

Dr. Julie Vaishampayan says that masks should be considered as “the last line of defence” that could contribute to a false sense of security for wearers.

“We worry about people feeling they’re getting more protection from the mask than they really are. Washing your hands and avoiding people who are ill is way more important than wearing a mask.”  “What’s worse is that when people wear masks, they are far more likely to touch their faces and noses, which increases risk of infection.”

An infection prevention specialist, Dr Eli Perencevich, has said that healthy people should not wear masks at all — whether surgical masks, N95 masks, or respirator masks.

 “The average healthy person does not need to have a mask, and they shouldn’t be wearing masks. There’s no evidence that wearing masks on healthy people will protect them. They wear them incorrectly, and they can increase the risk of infection because they’re touching their face more often.” He added: “Wearing a mask is tricky because it can create a false sense of security. If you don’t wash your hands before you take off the mask and after you take off your mask, you could increase your risk.”

Increased Risks From Wearing Masks

Dr. Russel Blaylock, MD has been the focus of several articles where he weighs in on the subject of masks.  Here are a few things that he has to say.

“A more recent study involving 159 healthcare workers aged 21 to 35 years of age found that 81% developed headaches from wearing a face mask.” “The importance of these findings is that a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) is associated with an impairment in immunity.” “This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver.”  “This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver.”

In other words, if you wear a face mask and contract some sickness, you will not be able to fight it off as effectively as if you had normal blood oxygen levels. The mask could make you sicker.  I should point out that the hypoxia associated with mask wearing and the study that concluded that was using N95 masks.  However, it is reasonable to assume that a cloth mask with enough layers to filter out virus particles would also increase hypoxia (decreased blood oxygen levels).  He goes on to talk about the dangers of “re-breathing” virus particles…

“When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath.  If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages. We know that people who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentrations of the virus early on. And this leads to the deadly cytokine storm in a selected number.”

The article linked below now as a “correction” issued stating that masks do not weaken the immune system “according to these medical professionals”.  However, no studies or scientific data is cited in the linked articles, whereas Dr. Blaylock cited at least two different studies that support his claims.

Here is a link to one of the studies that Baylock references performed on 53 surgeons that confirms a reduction in blood oxygen levels after wearing a mask for a long period of time.

Here is the 212 Healthcare workers study on the correlation between headaches and N95 mask wearers.

The US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams apparently agrees with Dr. Baylock and says….

“Folks who don’t know how to wear them properly tend to touch their faces a lot and actually can increase the spread of coronavirus.”

and from his Twitter Feed we find…

“They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus,”

Here is a study published on the NIH web site that concludes the following.

“The rates of all infection outcomes were highest in the cloth mask arm, with the rate of ILI statistically significantly higher in the cloth mask arm (relative risk (RR)=13.00, 95% CI 1.69 to 100.07) compared with the medical mask arm. Cloth masks also had significantly higher rates of ILI compared with the control arm.”  “This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.

While my focus is on increased risk of illness or infection, here is an extreme instance of possible hypoxia from the wearing of face masks.

And what about other social consequences of everyone wearing a mask?  Turns out that robberies are up 50% in some places as criminals take advantage of the “new normal”.  Releasing all those prisoners at the same time seems interesting.

Dr. Andrew Kaufman speaks about the risks of wearing masks in this interview and points out the increased risk of getting sick.

Virologist Dr Judy Mikovits has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry with over 30 years of experience. She has directed programs on HIV, cancer, epigenetics and neuroimmune disease with a focus on the development of novel drug and diagnostic technologies:

“Why do I opt NOT to wear a mask? Well, let me break it down for you. The body requires AMPLE amounts of oxygen for optimal immune health. Especially during a so-called “pandemic”. Proper oxygenation of your cells and blood is ESSENTIAL for the body to function as it needs to in order to fight off any illness. Masks will hamper oxygen intake. Unless you are working in a hospital setting, it is NOT necessary.”

Dr Ben Killingley, consultant at University College London Hospital:

“Wearing masks can give a false sense of reassurance and might lead to other infection control practices being ignored, e.g. hand hygiene.”

Dr. John Swartzberg, an expert on infectious diseases at UC Berkeley:

“There’s no good reason to use these masks except psychologically you think you’re doing something. They don’t fit tightly around your face and when you have a mask over your mouth and nose, you have to draw in with more force and so you’re pulling air in and it’s going to go around the sides of the mask and get into your mouth and nose.

When you take the mask off, you’re going to have organisms that filtered through the mask on your hands. Then you may touch your face and you’ll just inoculate yourself.”

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, MIT PhD Scientist & Biological Engineer when asked about masks points to the Immune system as the real solution to fighting off infection.

Dr. Dan Erikson and Dr. Artin Massihi from Accelerated Urgent Care in Kern County California when asked about masks says…

“It decreases your immune system.”  “When a child is in a womb, you’re in this protected environment.  When you come out you have almost no immune system.  You develop that through touching your mouth, touching your eyes.  Virus, bacteria, virus, bacteria, immune response, IGG, IGM.  This is how you build a strong immune system.

Why The Change of Heart

Even Dr. Fauci and other prominent Doctors said “No” initially.

So why the change of heart?  We’ll the most commonly used reason in the narrative is that masks are not to protect you, but to protect others.  They justify that by saying that you could be asymptomatic carrier of the virus, and be passing it on to other people.  The whole premise seems to be based on that single idea, that the virus can be transmitted from asymptomatic people to uninfected people.  In spite of the data which suggests that cloth and surgical masks wouldn’t stop that from happening even if it were true, they are now recommending that everyone wear face masks when out in public places.

It turns out however, that the original paper released in the New England Journal of Medicine about the first four people in Germany infected with a novel coronavirus, was significantly flawed.  This is the paper Anthony Fauci  referred to when he said, “This study lays the question to rest.”

So here is how the story goes.   A business woman from Shanghai visited a company near Munich on the 20th of January and had a meeting with the first of four people who became ill.  She had no sign of symptoms or infection, but became ill on her flight back to China.  The researchers however, failed to speak to the woman before they published the paper.  They published the article based on information provided by the four patients.  Eventually, they did catch up with the woman from Shanghai on the phone, and it turns out she did have symptoms during her trip and had even taken fever reducing medication.

The WHO has been informed of the error, but of course this information has not been covered in mainstream media, or addressed by Fauci or the White House.  The Public Health Agency of Sweden posted on their web site, “The sources that claimed that the coronavirus would infect during the incubation period lack scientific support for this analysis in their articles..” and goes on to site this article which  “has subsequently proven to contain major flaws and errors.”

The Real Reasons

The following sections are my opinions of what the real reasons may be for having everyone wear a mask.

Spiritual Analysis

So the question we have to ask is, if masks won’t stop the spread of the virus, makes us more susceptible to this virus and others by weakening our immune system, and increases our likely hood of getting an infection through poor wearing habits, false sense of security, and may even cause serious health issues or death, then why is the CDC recommending that we wear them.

I personally believe the big pharmaceutical conspiracy theory that ties Bill Gates, Andrew Fauci, the WHO, and many others together along with the democratic party to achieve mutually beneficial goals, not the least of which is a multi-billion dollar profit for the vaccine, and the technology to verify who has had it and who has not.

However, what I know for sure is not a conspiracy theory is the Bible.  In regards to end times, the mark of the beast, and the appearance of the anti-christ, there are a few things that we know to be true.

Revelation 13:16

“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

2 Thessalonians 2:4

“He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.”

Buying and Selling

The first thing I should mention is that without the mark of the beast, people will not be able to “buy or sell”.  Already with masks, we are seeing some businesses that will not let you enter without one (you cannot buy), and the businesses are not allowed to open unless all employees are wearing one (they cannot sell).

I should interject here that I do not believe that masks are the mark of the beast, nor that it is a “sin” to wear a mask if you believe that it will protect you.  I’m simply pointing out that this is a medical implement, that willfully, or un-willfully, you must wear in some places in order to “buy or sell”.

It is also being propagated that if you do not wear a mask, you are being selfish and don’t care about other people.  Which leads us to the next step.  Suppose that there is a vaccine.  Then through the exact same philosophy and propaganda message, you might require that people had the vaccine before they were allowed to operate, or enter into places of businesses.

Mark on the Hand or Forehead

Something that always bothered me about the mark of the beast is that I thought, “surely people wouldn’t fall for that.”  It would be too obvious if you had visible mark on your hand or forehead right?  As long as the bible was still around there would be enough people that wouldn’t take it just because of that, and a bunch more because they didn’t want a visible tattoo.  Then I found out about Bill Gates funding of the “invisible” tattoo that would indicate who had taken a vaccine and who had not.

 

So then we have an invisible mark (read by inferred light, or possibly a mobile device app), that would confirm whether you have had the vaccine for this virus, or whatever virus it is when this is forced upon us.  I’m not saying for sure that this is the “mark of the beast”, but I’m just pointing out that now you have a “mark” or “tattoo” on your skin, probably your hand or forehead, without which you will not be able to buy or sell.  They just have to setup scanners at the entrance of Kroger’s and other businesses to verify that you are safe to be around.  Sound familiar?

In the Temple of God

Another thing that seemed to hinder the coming of the anti-christ before was that the temple was destroyed in 70 AD.  Many of the eschatology experts that I have heard over the years have said that the temple must be rebuilt.  The Jews are anxiously waiting to rebuild it and even have the necessary articles of worship ready to go.  But what if the temple referred to here is actually the temple of the Holy Spirit, our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

We know that the vaccine is actually placed in our bodies, which could be the “temple” that Thessalonians refers to, and the verification of whether you have taken the vaccine or not could be verified by an invisible tattoo or mark on your hand or forehead, without which you won’t be able to buy or sell.

Claiming That He Himself is God

So what about the “claiming himself to be God” part?  God identifies himself as “healer”, “protector”, “deliverer”, “our strength”, and “our shield” among many other things.  If you listen to the words of Bill Gates and Fauci (and probably others), you will hear the subtle hints that in order to be safe, protected, and healthy, you need a vaccine.  They are essentially assuming the role of God and saying we are your healer, your protector, your shield against this virus (or any other virus).  You cannot be healthy without our “shield” and if you don’t take it, you are a public nuisance that is putting the lives of all other people at risk.

Spiritual Summary

So right now, I see a clear and direct path to a system of control that matches the biblical prophesies regarding the anti-christ and the mark of the beast in several ways.  If we follow the same direction and the propaganda message stays the same into the vaccine era, then we will have a mark on the hand or forehead, without which you will not be able to buy or sell.  The creators of that mark and vaccine will have set themselves up in the temple of God, proclaiming themselves to be God.

I’m not saying that masks are the “mark of the beast”.  I am saying that it seems an awful lot like a “dress rehearsal”, if not just the first phase to me.  Already, those who refuse to wear a mask are being persecuted for their convictions.  Imagine what it will be like in a few years if the media and big pharma continues to have their way.  I sincerely hope that we have more time to do good and win the lost for Jesus.  But I am also looking forward to His return!

Psychological Analysis

Symbol of Submission and Silence

Covering the mouth is a universal symbol of submission.  The brain will subconsciously instruct our bodies to cover our mouths in order to suppress the deceitful, or unintended words that are being or about to be said.  Forced masking or covering of the mouth is essentially a gag order, fulfilling this psychological reaction.  In other words, anything you say is deceitful and shouldn’t be said, so just “shut up”.

Assume You Are Sick

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and others have essentially said, you need to assume that you are a carrier of the virus.  In other words, you are already sick so wear the mask to protect others.  I have spiritual convictions that conflict with this, but there is also strong evidence that ties a persons physical health with the beliefs that they have.  In other words, people who think they are sick, may actually become physically ill.  By their own words, putting on the mask is accepting the idea that you already have the virus.

Isolation and Communication

Covering the face hides facial expressions which will continue to prolong the psychological effects of isolation even after people start getting together.  As we presented earlier, this inhibits communication, and increases feelings of loneliness by impairing peoples ability to emotionally connect with others.  That has also been shown to decrease the immune system.

Visual Queue to Stay Afraid

Probably the most important reason to those behind the vaccine push, is that they need people to remain afraid.  Seeing masks everywhere is not a normal thing in America, and it is a visual reminder that we are supposed to be afraid.  They want you to be afraid, or have a visual reminder of what you should be afraid of, until we have a  vaccine that will protect you, and keep you healthy.  The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article where they point out the symbolic role of the masks, and how they may help people feel safer even though they are not….

“It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals. Although such reactions may not be strictly logical, we are all subject to fear and anxiety, especially during times of crisis. One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education than with a marginally beneficial mask, particularly in light of the worldwide mask shortage, but it is difficult to get clinicians to hear this message in the heat of the current crisis. Expanded masking protocols’ greatest contribution may be to reduce the transmission of anxiety, over and above whatever role they may play in reducing transmission of Covid-19.”

Conclusion

In full analysis of the data, wearing a cloth mask might reduce the quantity of virus distributed, which might reduce the severity of the infection slightly.  However most experts agree and all studies confirmed that a cloth mask would not provide sufficient protection to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and the subsequent COVID-19 disease.  In consideration of this fact, the proven increased risk of infection, other negative health effects, and the psychological and spiritual implications, in my opinion, there is no justifiable reason for the general public to wear a masks.

If you choose to wear a cloth mask, based on the data above, not my opinion, it will likely increase your chances of getting an infection, do little if anything to prevent others from being infected by you, and could lower your immune system.  I believe it also impairs communication, and is a dress rehearsal for the vaccine mandates that are to come.

However, I know that many of you have been watching the news intently since this began.  Many of you are very frightened of the virus.  Many are concerned both with the economy and rightly have feelings of sympathy for those who have suffered and even died from this virus as I do.  We appreciate our healthcare workers for facing these dangers every day, even when there isn’t a media created frenzy of panic.  We want our jobs back, we want our lives back, and we’re being told the best way to do that is to cover our faces, and stay away from each other.  I get it.  You will believe, what you hear.

So if you feel like you need to wear a mask, that is fine.  If your place of employment, your church, or healthcare providers require them, then submit to their authority, understanding that they likely feel the social, spiritual, and legal responsibility of keeping their customers, and congregations safe and healthy.  I wear masks when working with insulation, sawing wood, maybe on Halloween.  No big deal.  But don’t rail people on social media, or at the supermarket who believe differently than you.  Maybe they truly and honestly believe, as I do, that while wearing a mask may make you feel better in the short term, the best long term results will be gained by not wearing them.  I sincerely want us all to be healthy, and believe that wearing a mask is a step away from that direction.

And as for my “Spiritual Analysis”, the anti-christ, the mark of the beast, and all the end times prophesies, they are coming, and we can’t stop them.  The sooner they come, the sooner we Christians will be reunited with Jesus.  If you don’t know him by the way, I would ask you to invite him into your heart today.  This whole thing could be over before we know it.

UPDATE 7-6-2020

Many states and cities are now criminalizing the act of not wearing a mask.  They are essentially forcing a medical implement upon their governed people.  If you are a Christian, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and therefore mandating masks, vaccines or any other medical procedure upon you against your will, is a violation of your religious freedoms.

Just so you are equipped with the information you need, the supreme court upheld a case in 1905 giving local governing authorities the right to enforce vaccine mandates for small pox.  The court explicitly rejected the claim that “liberty” under the Constitution includes the rights of individuals to make decision about their own health in instances where those decisions could endanger others.  But the court also made clear that restrictions imposed by the government to control communicable diseases MUST have a “real or substantial relation” to protecting public health.  As you can see from the research above, that would be an extremely difficult case to make in regards to wearing masks.

Please contact your state governor, representatives, and president and let them know immediately that you do not support and are strongly against any mandated mask order and believe that such order would undermine your civil liberties, your religious freedoms, and put the health and lives you and your family at risk.

Finally I have to say that I am not a medical professional.  I do not offer medical advice in this forum but rather my opinions, and hopefully have provided you with a good resource of data on this subject.  If seeking medical advice, please consult your “holistic or preventative medicine” physician.

 

 

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