Study Makes Claim That Masks are ‘Ineffective’, Have ‘Devastating Health Consequences’

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Baruch Vainshelboim, a clinical exercise physiologist, published a study in November that recirculated on the internet recently hypothesizing that masks are ineffective and could have long-term health consequences.

“Although, scientific evidence supporting facemasks’ efficacy is lacking, adverse physiological, psychological and health effects are established,” the article states.

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed a study and concluded that universal masking is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC concluded that cloth masks and medical procedure masks substantially reduce exposure from infected wearers and reduce exposure of uninfected wearers — the CDC’s study states that mask mandates were in place in 38 states and DC at the time of publication.

But the researcher disagrees and says not only are masks ineffective, but could also be causing long-term health problems.

“Both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to reduce human-to-human transmission and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19,” the article details. “Wearing facemasks has adverse physiological and psychological effects … [and] long-term consequences of wearing facemasks on health are detrimental.”

The research suggests that the long-term practice of wearing facemasks has the “strong potential for devastating health consequences,” and states that masks should be “avoided from use.”

The research article can be accessed here.

“The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19,” the article reads. “The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects.”

Table courtesy of “Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis” research article.

Vainshelboim also cited the possible impact COVID-19 has on mental health.

“With respect to mental health, global estimates showing that COVID- 19 will cause a catastrophe due to collateral psychological damage such as quarantine, lockdowns, unemployment, economic collapse, social isolation, violence and suicides,” he wrote. “Chronic stress along with hypoxic and hypercapnic conditions knocks the body out of balance … This state suppressing the immune system to protect the body from viruses and bacteria, decreasing cognitive function, promoting the developing and exacerbating the major health issues …”

The study concludes that existing scientific evidence challenges the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19.

Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

The study suggests that long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death.

This article has been updated as of 5:45pmCT, April 20, 2021. It had previously associated the work of Vainshelboim to Stanford University. The Associated Press and other fact checkers confirmed that he has no association to the University.

The AP article cited a quote from Stanford University as follows:

“Stanford University has never employed Baruch Vainshelboim,” Greicius wrote in an email to the AP. “Several years ago (2015), he was a visiting scholar at Stanford for a year, on matters unrelated to this paper.”

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    • Deputy Doofy and Cameltoe will want us to wear masks as long as their in office. The odds of them changing their mind is +10,000.

      The odds of Joe saying “I made poopy” before he leaves office currently sits at -110. God help us.

      • Hahahahahah! So true. I will put $100 on it though because those are some really good odds. Plus, we know politicians say anything to be popular and get re-elected. So that $100 might turn out to be a really good bet at +10,000. The poopy might be -10,000 at this point.

    • Twitter and YouTube/Google and Facebook already try to limit or block any contrary dissenting evidence. Trump was never lying, they just painted it that way for political reasons. Remember, they said he was lying when he said masks weren’t necessarily the right thing. And when he said not to panic, if you were a healthy person you were going to be fine. That was the truth, poor and failing health people were the only ones at major r risk.

      • Dennis, last night I was listening to a video from a doctor sharing research on the important ace of Vitamin D (which is really more of a hormone ) when YouTube blocked it 15 minutes in due to the new community guidelines that you mentioned. The Doctor shared medical evidence that referred to the connection between Covid deaths and low vitamin D numbers and obesity and noted that high fructose corn syrup causes a disruption in vitamin D absorption in our cell receptors that special;I’ve in Vitamin D. It is as if Big Pharma and Big Tech and big Government doesnt want us to know that things like Ivermectin , vitamin D, Zinc, C, Quercetin, and Melatonin can really boost our immunity vs. the spike proteins…the good news is that video has gone viral on other platforms….

  1. Obviously…but this was all about a power and cash grab because the oligarchs hate humanity. Which is the real reason why this pandemic was worse than what the actual virus is.

  2. How many studies need to be concluded showing masks have negative impacts before the Marxist left will acknowledge they need to go away? The hypocrisy of the “follow the science” crowd is truly amazing to me. Liberalism is truly a mental illness. #findacure

  3. Dudes, it’s not about the virus, it is about showing that you are one of the good ones. Be a good boy and let everyone know that you are compliant. Show us that you are OBEDIENT. This will keep you safe (from woke-government-scrutiny)!!!

  4. Stanford is going to self-censor this study, just like John Hopkins did with the one that speculated that there wasn’t a spike in overall deaths because of Covid, only a reclassification of deaths. Similar to John Hopkins, they will say it’s for the public good, when it is just about keeping government funding. Science, statistics and math are only to be believed when they advance leftist agenda.

  5. This will be reported on about the same it is reported that we are no longer at war with Eastasia.

    The mask pseudoscience has been know for awhile, the amazing part is how easily the sheep continue to give up their liberties.

  6. I have been telling people that there are so many unknown negative consequences that will come from this, the result of which won’t be known for years. There is no doubt in my mind there will at some point be an increase in lung issues that are going to be a result of wearing cheap Chinese masks.

  7. Got it! Now it is just like climate change. If you wear a mask you are a science denier. If you wear two mask you are condemned as a double science denier. Shame shame on Uncle Joe, Heels Up and Dr Fauci.

  8. Airlines backed Obiden on voting disinformation while Obiden mandates masks on public transit.

    its killing travel. even as things pick up, making travel even more ridiculous is going to kill major airlines.

    British Airways is sliding into bancjruptcy, but the british gov’t won’t make that public as they cancel airplaine orders and shut down flights.

    Virgin Cruises can’t sell cruises for another year.

    the courts have to step in and end these federal ‘suggestions’.

  9. Whoa, slow down. This is probably a group of medical doctors, immunoligists, and infections disease experts at Stanford. I want to know what the faculty lounge at Yale and Harvard in the Racial and Gender studies departments have to say on this topic before I make my mind up.

  10. I know what you all are thinking. This scientific study provides indisputable evidence that Stanford University researchers are clearly anti-science, conspiracy theorist, white supremacists, who are trying to suppress minority voting.

  11. After reading the article had a pop up ad appear offering me the chance to buy masks. Pretty funny, I though. As for wearing the damn things, need to read the whole paper (says it’s a hypothesis) before commenting one way or the other. Will say this…where I live I only wear them when going into establishments but that’s about it. Don’t wear them if just walking around or on the street, etc. On any given day I have it on 30-45 minutes or so. Hard to see how that could cause any real long term damage.

  12. Time to take action with this article. I tweeted this out and got 3000 views and over 60 retweet’s and hundreds of likes. The average person is not seeing this. We need to fight their disinformation. This article needs to be seen. Don’t just bitch. Take action

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