Measuring the Mandates: Questioning the State’s Response to COVID-19

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Richard Cox ( In 2020, the announcement of a pandemic saw the implications of this claim manifest in the most pronounced and consequential manner since the Second World War. Politicians around the world insisted that they needed to restrict human freedom and mandate medical interventions—all in order to keep us safe. They had the power […]

Migration of Microplastics and Phthalates from Face Masks to Water

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Giuseppina Zuri et al. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, face masks have been introduced in the complex strategy of infection prevention and control. Face masks consist of plastic polymers and additives such as phthalates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the migration of microplastics (MP) and phthalates from face masks to water. Four […]

Possible Toxicity of Chronic Carbon Dioxide Exposure Associated with Face Mask Use, Particularly in Pregnant Women, Children and Adolescents – A Scoping Review

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Kai Kisielinski et al. Introduction: During the SARS-CoV-2-pandemic, face masks have become one of the most important ubiquitous factors affecting human breathing. It increases the resistance and dead space volume leading to a re-breathing of CO2. So far, this phenomenon and possible implications on early life has not been evaluated in depth. Method: As part […]

Lead Author of New Cochrane Review Speaks Out

Maryanne Demasi Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the University of Oxford, is the lead author of a recent Cochrane review that has ‘gone viral’ on social media and re-ignited one of the most divisive debates during the pandemic – face masks. The updated review titled “Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of […]

The Cochrane Review on Masks is Damning

Vinay Prasad I want to highlight what just came out: the Cochrane review on masking. It shows that community mask recommendations have no firm data to support it. The authors write: “There is a need for large, well-designed RCTs addressing the effectiveness of many of these interventions in multiple settings and populations, as well as […]

Time to Unmask the Truth

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Eric Payne To be clear, the policy-grade data regarding masking for COVID-19 and influenza fail to show any protection against infection. If the Ontario CMOH has such data, he has not provided it. Yet the relentless messaging that masking our children is safe and effective persists. We are not allowed to question the global COVID […]

Debunking 5 Popular (and False) Notions About the 1918 Spanish Flu

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John Varoli Did the Spanish Flu really kill 50 to 100 million people? Did the pandemic last 2 years? Was the influenza virus really the killer? Did government censorship prevent the public from hearing about a deadly disease spreading in 1918? Did everyone wear masks and were they effective? Was Philadelphia’s Liberty Loans Parade a […]