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Page 10 of 35 | # 46 | Page 11 Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from ge ng sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bo om line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask. As businesses reopen, many are requiring shoppers and employees to wear a face mask. Costco, for instance, will not allow shoppers into the store without wearing a face mask. Many employers are requiring all employees to wear a face mask while at work. In some jurisdic ons, all ci zens must wear a face mask if they are outside of their own home. With the advent of the so- called COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a number of medical prac ces that have li le or no scien fic support as regards reducing the spread of this infec on. One of these measures is the wearing of facial masks, either a surgical-type mask, bandana or N95 respirator mask. When this pandemic began and we knew li le about the virus itself or its epidemiologic behavior, it was assumed that it would behave, in terms of spread among communi es, like other respiratory viruses. Li le has presented itself a er intense study of this virus and its behavior to change this percep on. This is somewhat of an unusual virus in that for the vast majority of people infected by the virus, one experiences either no illness (asymptoma c) or very li le sickness. Only a very small number of people are at risk of a poten ally serious outcome from the infec on—mainly those with underlying serious medical condi ons in conjunc on with advanced age and frailty, those with immune compromising condi ons and nursing home pa ents near the end of their lives. There is growing evidence that the treatment protocol issued to trea ng doctors by the Center for Disease Control and Preven on (CDC), mainly intuba on and use of a ven lator (respirator), may have contributed significantly to the high death rate in these select individuals. By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain. As for the scien fic support for the use of face mask, a recent careful examina on of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, "None of the studies established a conclusive rela onship between mask/respirator use and protec on against influenza infec on." Keep in mind, no studies have been done to demonstrate that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has any effect on transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Any recommenda ons, therefore, have to be based on studies of influenza virus transmission. And, as you have seen, there is no conclusive evidence of their efficiency in controlling flu virus transmission. It is also instruc ve to know that un l recently, the CDC did not recommend wearing a face mask or covering of any kind, unless a person was known to be infected, that is, un l recently. Non-infected people need not wear a mask. When a person has TB, we have them wear a mask, not the en re community of non-infected. The recommenda ons by the CDC and the WHO are not based on any studies of this virus and have never been used to contain any other virus pandemic or epidemic in history. Now that we have established that there is no scien fic evidence necessita ng the wearing of a face mask for preven on, are there dangers to wearing a face mask, especially for long periods? Several studies have indeed found significant problems with wearing such a mask. This can vary from headaches, to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumula on, to hypoxia, all the way to serious life-threatening complica ons. There is a difference between the N95 respirator mask and the surgical mask (cloth or paper mask) in terms of side effects. The N95 mask, which filters out 95% of par cles with a median diameter >0.3 μm2 , because it impairs respiratory exchange (breathing) to a greater degree than a so mask, and is more By Dr. Russell Blaylock

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