Category: Mask Mandate

Time to Unmask the Truth

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith declared that “our government will not permit any further mask mandates of children in Alberta’s K-12 education system.” She said that “the detrimental effects on the mental health, development and education of children in classroom settings are well understood.”

‘Ontario’s chief medical officer of health (CMOH) now “strongly recommends” masking in all indoor public settings, including schools and child-care centres, and while he specifically encouraged children aged 2-5 years to mask up, for now, he stopped short of a mandate. This announcement comes as children’s hospitals across Ontario have been overwhelmed, largely due to infections with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

A few weeks back, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith declared that “our government will not permit any further masking mandates of children in Alberta’s K-12 education system.” She said that “the detrimental effects on the mental health, development and education of children in classroom settings is well understood, and we must turn the page on what has been an extremely difficult time for children, along with their parents and teachers.”

Her support for the inherent rights of parents to make informed medical decisions and exercise patient autonomy led to attacks and gaslighting by the usual COVID commentators who failed to provide a single study in support of their pediatric masking claims, while claiming that harms from masking have been “debunked” and that masking in kids is a “no-brainer.” They suggest that masks will prevent our kids from infection and in turn, we as parents may be shielded from missing work.  

We’ve seen this before. In September 2021, Alberta reinstated province-wide mask mandates and the COVID Delta wave took off nonetheless. While Omicron emerged and infection numbers dwarfed prior COVID variant waves, these mandates remained in place through June 14, 2022.

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 masking gospel, no matter how absurd the recommendation. And, despite leaders like Dr. Anthony Fauci flip-flopping on masks too many times to quote, comparing double-masking “to doing a version of a N95 (respirator),” and recently stating that given a lack of evidence “maybe people should make up their own mind about wearing a mask.” 

Frankly, the authoritative “no-brainer” approach to masking was always contradicted by physics and history. Respiratory particles can be distinguished into droplets or aerosols based on the particle size and their aerodynamic properties. Droplets fall to the ground very quickly, typically over minutes, whereas aerosols can take days or even many weeks. The COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2), like its SARS-CoV predecessor, can remain viable and infectious in aerosols for at least hours and on surfaces for days, and is a primary source of indoor transmission. Both influenza and RSV can also spread through aerosols. 

Just as most hockey players could easily fire marbles through a standard net or reliably fire pucks through netting containing multiple large holes, SARS-CoV-2 has no difficulty passing through and around a surgical grade mask given its small size and aerosolized capability. If you compare the size of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the cross section of a hair, SARS-CoV-2 is about one thousand times smaller. How many hairs can you slip through a cloth or surgical mask, especially through the “air super-freeways” below the eyes and over the cheeks? 

Of course, there is also the understated importance of N95 respirator Fit Testing to ensure a proper seal, and the reality that maintaining even an adequate seal for prolonged durations is impossible, as kids and adults frequently adjust these masks and exercise poor mask hygiene. 

So, what are the solutions? According to experts like professional engineer, certified industrial hygienist and safety professional Dr. Stephen Petty, the longstanding National Safety Council recommendations remain to dilute the virus with ventilation, or to filter and destroy it, as implemented successfully by the airline industry and at many schools. His US State Senate testimony has led to the overturning of mask mandates

Our best policy-grade masking data comes from our repeated experience with influenza pandemics where multiple meta-analyses and systematic reviews, including by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) themselves, have consistently shown that masking against influenza is not associated with reduced case numbers. Even “N95 respirators should not be recommended for the general public and in non-high-risk medical staff.” 

Regarding COVID-19 specifically, the body of evidence is clear that the masking is ineffective and potentially very harmful. A Brownstone Institute review by Dr. Paul E. Alexander showed over 150 pieces of evidence including comparative effectiveness research all showing that surgical and cloth masks, used as they currently are and were being used (without other forms of PPE protection), have no impact on controlling the transmission of COVID-19 virus. The evidence implies that face masks can be actually harmful and especially so for children. The body of evidence indicates that face masks are largely ineffective. 

Regarding COVID-19 specifically, there are only 2 randomized controlled trials published to date. DANMASK-19 found no personal protective effect from masking, while an impressively large Bangladesh study found little to no effect from cloth and surgical masks on COVID-19 community transmission.

In response, the CDC conducted a low-quality survey study and produced a flashy figure that circulated globally despite results being “not statistically significant.” While a plethora of observational studies assessing masking protection from COVID-19 transmission exist, including in schoolsnone rise to policy-grade evidence, and all suffer fatal flaws including lack of a control group and unmeasured confounding variables. Unfortunately, the CDC is developing a scientific reputation for promoting misleading mask studies. 

In fact, the CDC no longer recommends universal masking in healthcare settings, unless the facilities are in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. Also, a federal judge in April 2022 had ruled that the US government’s mask mandate on commercial planes was unlawful. 

A recent meta-analysis and systematic review reported a multitude of possible harms from masking, including mask contamination, physical irritation including headaches, psychological harm including fear, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, physiological impacts including lowered oxygen saturation with prolonged use, and communication impacts. Some of these harms have been described in the COVID-19 era too, including a very recent well-designed, pre-print study revealing a striking neurocognitive decline of 27-37 points among infants born since mid-2020. 

Is it a coincidence that on February 8, 2022, the CDC updated its developmental milestones for infants and young children for the first time since they were first released in 2004? This included dramatic changes to expected verbal developmental milestones, lowering the expected verbal skills by 6 months. In response, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association openly questioned these new guidelines as lacking scientific evidence.

When you consider how dirty children’s hands get, and that even adults reuse the same masks left in their cars, the cleanliness of the mask and what we may be inhaling becomes immensely important, especially to those with weakened immune systems. Studies have shown mask contamination, including bacterial and fungal contamination in face masks during the COVID-19 era. Further, there is emerging evidence that mandatory masking can negatively influence the COVID-19 case fatality rate, possibly through deep reinhalation of virus-containing hypercondensed droplets caught in face masks.

Monkey see, monkey do. Anybody who interacts with young children has observed that reproducing human behaviour through imitation is the primary way kids learn, including watching mouths while others speak to mimic language. Even babies carefully watch faces to learn and interpret non-verbal facial cues which are crucial to their social development. Adults rely on these cues too, and a pre-COVID randomized-controlled trial reported that the wearing of a face mask by doctors had a negative effect on patient perceptions of the doctor’s empathy.

The CDC estimates that almost 62 million American kids have had SARS-CoV-2 infections, based on their recorded pediatric seroprevalence estimate of 86.3%. This suggests a high preponderance of natural-acquired immunity and some level of subsequent protection to future SARS-CoV-2 variants. Fortunately, kids remain very unlikely to be hospitalized or die with or from COVID-19. Since pandemic onset, almost 3 years ago, there have been 5 pediatric-aged deaths with or from COVID-19 in Alberta, with most dying with and not because of COVID-19

Kids are disproportionately better protected from COVID-19 than from other common diseases, including a lower mortality rate compared to pneumonia and influenza. This likely reflects their robust innate immune systems and because kids have a lower expression of ACE2 in nasal epithelium which is needed by SARS-CoV-2 to bind and infect a host. This also likely explains why numerous large population studies from IrelandIceland, France, and Australia show that children are poor COVID-19 spreaders, and seemingly debunk the harmful disinformation that our kids were killing their grandparents. 

Source: Alexander COVID News—Dr. Paul Elias Alexander’s Newsletter 

Fauci Couldn’t Name Any Studies Showing Masks Work Against COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci couldn’t cite any studies that changed his mind about masking against COVID-19 during a recent deposition, according to lawyers who were in the room.

Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, was among the U.S. officials repeatedly urging people to not wear a mask early in the COVID-19 pandemic unless they were showing symptoms. Among his many public and private statements, he wrote in a Feb. 5, 2020, email that “the typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material.” 

About two months later, Fauci and other top officials reversed course and issued widespread masking recommendations, regardless of symptoms.

Asked about the change while under oath on Nov. 23, Fauci couldn’t provide any studies, according to lawyers representing plaintiffs in a case against the federal government.

“He was asked what studies or study changed his mind in that interim, which is what he claimed—he claimed that it was studied. He couldn’t name any,” Jenin Younes, one of the lawyers, told The Epoch Times.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican who was also present during the deposition in Maryland, said on social media that Fauci “couldn’t cite a single study” to back up his claim that masks were effective against COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the change in masking advice on April 3, 2020, leading to widespread mask mandates. Officials, including then-CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, said studies indicating asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 led to the change. They cited zero studies on mask effectiveness. Many studies on masks don’t support their usage, including a CDC study widely cited by top officials, researchers have found.

During an appearance that day on PBS, Fauci promoted the change, saying it was based on data regarding asymptomatic transmission.

Fauci hasn’t appeared to cite any studies since in his repeated calls for people to wear a mask.

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The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich on Feb. 15, 2020. (Christof Stache/AFP)

Zuckerberg Interview

Fauci told Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an interview in mid-2020 that the original recommendation to not wear a mask was because of mask shortages.

“Two things happened. One, it became clear that we had enough of the equipment, so there was no shortage. It became clear that cloth coverings—that you didn’t have to buy in a store, that you could make yourself—were adequate. And third—and probably the most compelling thing—is when it became very clear that anywhere from 20 to 45 percent of people who were infected, didn’t have any symptoms,” he said.

“So the risk of your being in contact with someone who said, ‘Well, you look good, I look good, we’re not infected’ was not the case, that you could be spreading it asymptomatically. You put all of those things together, which had us evolve from saying maybe we should hold off on masks because we needed them for the health care workers to saying now everybody should be wearing a mask when they’re outside and should be trying to distance. That’s one example of evolving as you get more data and you get more information.”

Fauci and NIAID didn’t respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment on the deposition.

The questioning took place on orders from the U.S. judge overseeing the case, which Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, another Republican, brought against the federal government and a slew of officials for allegedly colluding with Big Tech firms to illegally censor users.

Fauci wasn’t asked about the deposition during interviews that aired on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Nov. 27.

A transcript of the deposition is expected to be made public at a later date.

FBI official Elvis Chan and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki are scheduled to be deposed next in the case.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, lowers his mask before testifying before a Senate committee in Washington on June 30, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images)

Made Court Reporter Wear Mask

Fauci sat for the deposition at the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH is the parent agency of NIAID, which Fauci is preparing to leave by the end of the year. The questioning lasted for about seven hours.

Fauci didn’t wear a mask and neither did anybody else when the deposition started, Younes, a lawyer with the New Civil Liberties Alliance, told The Epoch Times.

The woman transcribing the questioning, the court reporter, was sniffling. Fauci asked the woman if she had a cold. She responded that she had allergies.

“About 15 minutes later, he asked her to put on a mask and said that he was uncomfortable, ‘and the last thing in the world I want right now is to get COVID,’” Younes said. “So she had to wear a mask the whole time, the whole rest of the time.”

Schmitt, who’s headed to the U.S. Senate soon, wrote on Twitter, “This is the mentality in Nov 2022 of the guy who locked down our country & ruined countless lives & livelihoods.”

Source: The Epoch Times

New Zealand has gone insane and this is proof

Redacted with Clayton Morris

New Zealand has rolled out a handbook for citizens to report their neighbors for extremism. And how do you know someone is extreme? If they question Covid lockdowns, apparently. New Zealand wants to weaponize citizens against one another for speech because Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern thinks words should be regulated like weapons.

Airline Mask Mandates

On Halloween Day, the US Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of a December, 2021 ruling about airline masking from the US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, leaving the lower opinion in place.  The lower Appeals court  had found that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) did have legal authority to impose a travelers’ masking rule on airlines and other types of transit. However, to complicate matters, on April 18, 2022 a federal trial court in Florida looked at the travel  masking issue from another agency’s perspective, and found that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) did not have the authority to issue its own travelers’ mask mandate. The CDC April decision was appealed by the government and the case is still ongoing. 
TSA and CDC Mandates Not Identical 
While the two mandates are nearly identical, they originated out of different agencies, (the TSA and the CDC), agencies that have different delegations of authority from Congress.  Thus, their mandates have some differences. For example, the TSA mandate calls for replacing face masks in between “bites and sips” and the CDC does not include that language. 
TSA Dropped Mandate in April 
As these dueling legal opinions show, each mandate relied on different statutory authorities. But we see that the TSA responded quickly to the court opinion on the CDC case.  For example, after the April 22 decision that said CDC did not have authority, the TSA announced that, “Due to today’s court ruling, effective immediately, TSA will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs. TSA will also rescind the new Security Directives that were scheduled to take effect tomorrow. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.” 
No Masks Required, For Now 
The bottom line is that there is no airline mask mandate effectively in place right now.  And we don’t know why the US Supreme Court did not hear the Appeal thus leaving the TSA opinion in place that affirmed the TSA authority to mandate travel masking; it may be that they agreed with the Court of Appeals, or it could be that they thought the case was “moot,” or lacking practical significance, since the mandate was no longer in effect. While it appears that given these court opinions TSA may be able to reinstate a mask mandate, the CDC’s ruling and the political unpopularity of airline masking may keep us free from airline mask mandates for the time being.
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Australian Media: “Majestic Princess cruise with 800 COVID-19 patients set to dock in Sydney”

All of Sydney trembles as the Majestic Princess brings her deadly cargo of common cold-riddled passengers to port tomorrow.

Somehow cruises are still a thing, which people are still somehow doing.

Specifically, around 4,600 people are currently aboard the Majestic Princess as she approaches Sydney. Among the amusements provided them by the wise administrators of Princess Cruises is apparently a rigorous antigen testing regimen, doubtless because passengers and crew alike believe this is hygienic and responsible, even though none of them, if challenged, could defend their bizarre compulsion or explain its benefits in any way at all. Alas, stupidity has consequences, and suddenly around 800 testees turn out to have SARS-2 antigens in their mucus. This is now a newspaper story in multiple languages, because everything has to be extremely, unbearably stupid all the time now.

According to press reports, some of these 800 people feel mildly unwell, while others feel totally healthy. Nobody is dying or seriously ill in any way. Regardless of the their actual medical condition, all 800 have been confined to quarters, while the rest of the passengers have been required to don masks, and – I swear this is real – “crew members have been advised to wear full PPE.”

Australian news also notes that “The Majestic Princess has been ranked by NSW Health as a tier three risk level,” which sounds extremely terrible. They report further that “there are no plans to prevent any unwell passengers from disembarking” when the ship arrives at port tomorrow morning, and if you can detect a little regret behind those words, perhaps it’s because 800 positive passengers represents a staggering 4% increase in the current case count of New South Wales.

Some days I am very optimistic that the pandemic at least is behind us, and then I stumble across a story like this one, and I basically want to abandon all of civilisation and take up residence by myself on a desert island somewhere. While the most intrusive pandemicist policies have died an ignominious death, the toxic and idiotic cultural attitudes that supported them are still alive and well, and waiting – just waiting – to seize the levers of policy once again.


The Tide is Turning: Mainstream Scientists, Doctors, Parents Speak Out About Harms of COVID-19 Vaccines

Just one day after she got a COVID-19 booster shot, Regan Lewis, a 20-year-old nursing student at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, had a heart attack.

Her mom, Connie Werth Lewis, desperately asked for prayers for her daughter in a public post on Facebook.

“I can’t say for sure that there is a link, but our beautiful 20 year old healthy daughter … had a [COVID-19 injection] yesterday so she could participate in her clinicals,” Werth Lewis wrote. “Today, she went into cardiac arrest and has been flown to Kearney. She is on a ventilator and is fighting for her life. PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!”

That night, Regan Lewis died.

Not an Isolated Incident

As of Oct. 7, 31,470 deaths have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration via their Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, a passive post-market surveillance system designed to help government officials and researchers pick up safety signals about vaccines.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “adverse events from vaccines are common but underreported, with less than 1 percent reported to the Food and Drug Administration.”

Other peer-reviewed scientific articles, including a 2012 study published in the journal Human and Experimental Toxicology, have similarly shown that only a fraction of adverse events following vaccines are reported to the government.

In addition, recent research, published by an international team of scientists last month in the journal Vaccine, found that the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with a much higher excess risk of serious adverse events compared to baselines established by placebos.

At a conference for front-line doctors who have been treating COVID-19, held in Sedona, Arizona, Peter McCullough, a cardiologist, immunologist, and scientific researcher, said that deaths and other adverse outcomes following vaccines have been “grossly underreported.”

Sudden Deaths Continue

It appears that there has been a rise in excess deaths in industrialized countries around the world. For example, the Australian government has released provisional mortality statistics that show a dramatic rise in excess deaths. In June, in Australia, a country of only 26 million people (making it smaller than the population of the entire state of Texas), there were 2,410 deaths above the historic average. The top three causes of excess death in Australia were attributed to cancer, dementia, and non-COVID respiratory diseases, including influenza and pneumonia.

In the United States, insurance companies, including Lincoln Financial Group, have reported dramatic increases in payouts for non-COVID-related deaths in the first quarter of 2022. The uptick began to be seen clearly the year before.

On Dec. 30, 2021, Scott Davison, chief executive of OneAmerica, a major insurance company based in Indianapolis, said in an online news conference that his company was seeing “the highest death rates [they] have seen in the history of [the] business.”

Davison said that death rates had climbed 40 percent and that COVID-19 fatalities “greatly understate” the actual deaths from working-age people hit by the pandemic, as most of the claims being filed weren’t being classified as COVID-19 deaths.

“It may not all be COVID on their death certificate, but deaths are up just huge, huge numbers,” he said.

Brian Tabor, president of the Indiana Hospital Association, said in the same news conference that hospitals across Indiana were being flooded with patients “with many different conditions.”

At the recent Sedona conference (where Jennifer Margulis also was a speaker) several physicians pointed out that there has been a growing number of “unexplained” sudden deaths among young people who have received COVID-19 injections as well as booster shots.

That point was made by several of the speakers, including Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a physician based in Cleveland; and Dr. Jeffrey Barke, a medical doctor in private practice in California. These untimely, age-inappropriate deaths, they pointed out, often were the immediate result of heart dysfunction, blood clots, or seizures. But, they said, where there was a history of prior COVID-19 injection, the health condition that ostensibly led to death may actually have been caused by the shots.

McCullough cited the case of U.S. Rep. Sean Casten’s (D-Ill.) teenage daughter. Casten wrote in a statement that his 17-year-old daughter, Gwen, died in her sleep in June.

Casten’s statement says that his daughter was “a healthy 2022 teenager” who “ate well, exercised, got regular check-ups, [and] didn’t suffer from any behavioral health issues.” She was also “fully vaccinated, and quarantined after occasional positive, asymptomatic COVID tests during the omicron wave.”

According to the statement, the family was “left grasping at the wrong end of random chance” following Gwen Casten’s sudden death.

But McCullough and other experts argue that random chance may have had an accomplice.

“As with any other new medical product, the burden of proof must be on the vaccine,” McCullough said.

A Formerly Pro-Vaccine Cardiologist Speaks Out

British cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra has outspokenly defended vaccines throughout his entire medical career.

Vaccines are the safest of ALL drugs,” he wrote in a tweet in late November 2020. “Far safer than any other drug people are taking on a regular [basis],” the tweet continues. “The vaccine safety concerns are totally disproportionate to reality.”

Malhotra initially believed that the COVID-19 vaccines were crucial to ending the spread of SARS-CoV-2. In fact, when the COVID-19 vaccines became available, he was among the first to take them.

In February 2021, he even appeared on “Good Morning Britain” to defend COVID-19 vaccine safety. He told the host then that there was “clearly irrational reasoning behind why people don’t want to take the vaccine, which is based on very blatant false information.”

However, when his father died suddenly of cardiac arrest just five months after that television appearance, Malhotra started researching the safety and efficacy of these vaccines in more depth. When he dove into the medical research and spoke with medical colleagues, scientific researchers, and investigative health journalists, he became increasingly disturbed by what he uncovered.

Based on his scientific research and clinical experience, Malhotra says he no longer recommends the COVID-19 vaccines.

Moreover, he now insists that there’s strong scientific, ethical, and moral evidence that the current COVID-19 vaccine administration must stop and that the raw data submitted to approve the vaccines must be subjected to fully independent scrutiny.

Not Safe or Effective

When Malhotra was interviewed for the newly released documentary film “Safe and Effective: A Second Opinion,” he reiterated that he has “reluctantly concluded that this vaccine is not completely safe and has unprecedented harms.”

Malhotra also has shared this view in a new peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Insulin Resistance. The study, titled “Curing the Pandemic of Misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Through Real Evidence-Based Medicine—Part 1,” shows that the risk of serious adverse events from the vaccines is greater than the risk of being hospitalized from COVID-19.

The real-world safety data, coupled with an understanding of the plausible mechanisms of harm, “are deeply concerning, especially in relation to cardiovascular safety,” the study found.

“It cannot be said that the consent to receive these agents was fully informed, as is required ethically and legally,” the study concluded. “A pause and reappraisal of global vaccination policies for COVID-19 is long overdue.”

In part 2 of Malhotra’s study, published in the same journal, he concluded that, “There is a strong scientific, ethical, and moral case to be made that the current COVID vaccine administration must stop until all the raw data [have] been subjected to fully independent scrutiny.”

According to Malhotra, not only do we need to halt the current program, we need to make sure that profits don’t take precedence over people’s health in the future.

“Looking to the future, the medical and public health professions must recognize these failings and eschew the tainted dollar of the medical-industrial complex,” he said. “It will take a lot of time and effort to rebuild trust in these institutions, but the health—of both humanity and the medical profession—depends on it.”

The Epoch Times.