The following is an excerpt from Paul D. Thacker's The DisInformation Chronicle.
Back in the pandemic’s early days, Anthony Fauci emailed a senior health expert his honest assessment on the efficacy of masks, “Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.”
Within months, however, Fauci was back on message: masks block infection, and only right-wingers believe the opposite.
The mask controversy continues to this day, as they have become a totem of smart thinking amongst Lefty urban liberals, looking for a Team Blue war badge in America’s ongoing culture battles.
Nonetheless, the science has not changed since Fauci’s first assessment that masks do little to stop virus transmission—including in the latest Cochrane Review, which examined nonpharmaceutical interventions to slow and stop virus spread.
Examining the evidence, Cochrane found no evidence that masks prevent spread of Covid, but these findings will be ignored by most media who have fallen in love with self-styled Covid experts, whose actual expertise is amplifying government policies.
For almost a quarter century, Cochrane Reviews have represented the epitome of systematic and independent to determine the efficacy and safety of medical treatments.
So why would health experts ignore evidence-based medicine like that?
To better understand their motivation, I caught up with Tom Jefferson, Senior Associate Tutor at the University of Oxford and a former researcher at the Nordic Cochrane Centre. (Continued...)
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