by Y. Rabinovitz
May 01, 2022
data from 35 countries
and 602 million
cautions use of face masks
harmful unintended consequences"...
Using data from 35 countries and 602 million people, peer-reviewed
study confirms previous research and cautions use of face masks,
"may have harmful
A new peer-reviewed study
Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe"
has demonstrated that use of face masks, even widespread,
correlate with better outcomes during the COVID 'epidemic',
based on data from 35 European countries with populations of
over one million people each, encompassing a total of 602
The study noted that the
average proportion of mask usage in the period investigated (October
2020 until March 2021) was 60.9 percent ± 19.9 percent.
Governments and advisory bodies have recommended and often mandated
the wearing of face masks in public spaces and in many areas
mandates or recommendations remain in place, despite the fact, the
controlled trials from prior to and during the 'epidemic' have
failed to show a benefit to the wearing of such masks with
regard to COVID transmission.
correlation between mask usage and cases was not
statistically significant," the study also found, "while the
correlation between mask usage and deaths was positive and
significant (rho = 0.351, p = 0.039)."
That is to say,
more mask usage
correlated with a higher death rate...
The study used a variety
of statistical methods to study correlation but,
"none of these tests
provided negative correlations between mask usage and
positive correlations were observed when mask compliance was
plotted against morbidity (cases/million) or mortality
(deaths/million) in each country."
The study also noted that,
the public may have gained the impression that masks could be
helpful due to the fact that mandates were usually implemented after
the first peak of COVID cases had passed...
However, it became evident that,
masks were not in
fact helpful later that same year, when widespread mask usage
does not appear to have mitigated the severity of the COVID wave of
"Moreover," the study
concludes, "the moderate positive correlation between mask usage
and deaths in Western Europe also suggests that the universal
use of masks may have had harmful unintended