The masks can block things like saliva and mucus so it is effective. Also I want to refute a few counterarguments and misconceptions.
1. Masks are ineffective because the virus are microscopic cells that travel through the fabric of masks.
This isn’t true, Because while the virus alone is microscopic, It cannot travel anywhere alone, And thus cannot infect anyone without the help of something I’m about to mention. The reason the virus spreads is because people cough or sneeze droplets of saliva and mucus, Which are liquids not gas. So the saliva and mucus are like transportation for the virus. The mask fabric can definitely protect against this type of transportation. So all we need to do is protect against the mucus which the mask does very well.
2. ) Studies have shown masks were ineffective.
First of all, Almost all people who say this haven’t given any statistics or resources to back this up, Meaning this could be their blatant lie. And second, Some use inaccurate studies like studies that weren’t controlled because they actually used people who didn’t wear masks to prove that masks are ineffective when it’s really just the people being dumb. Secondly, There could’ve been people who partied and took off masks at one point, Which defeats the purpose of a mask and cannot be used to prove anything.
3. Masks are ineffective because the number of cases are surging
Again, This doesn’t prove anything about masks being ineffective. How do you know that the cases wouldn’t surge higher if we hadn’t wore masks? There’s no negative control group, So you can’t compare anything. It’s like saying bandages are ineffective at treating wounds because if I put one on and 1 second later, Take it off, The wound is still there. There needs to be evidence and positive control. Positive control like I said above, How can we trust your study to be accurate if you are going to use a population that doesn’t wear masks or use a population that takes off masks frequently?
4. ) If masks were effective, The coronavirus would’ve stopped.
This is just an ignorant statement completely. Masks cannot completely stop the virus, But can slow it down. The question never asked whether masks could completely stop the virus, But only asked for their effectiveness in slowing down the virus. And also, This is like saying well if medicine is effective, How come my disease didn’t go away after I drank it? Well cuz it requires TIME you up patient bastard. Same thing with masks, First we need to ensure everyone wears a mask and then we need to do this for a few weeks before you can see results. People get the illusion that masks are ineffective because they think everyone wore the mask when they didn’t.
Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, Sneezes, Talks, Or raises their voice. This is called source control.
This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, Paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.
For instance, A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found that requiring people to wear masks in epicentres of new coronavirus cases may have prevented tens of thousands of infections from the virus.
In the study, Researchers examined how the new coronavirus is transmitted by reviewing infection trends in Wuhan, China; Italy; and New York City.
In New York, For instance, The daily new infection rate dropped by 3% per day after a policy requiring that people wear face masks or coverings in public took effect.
Overall, The researchers estimated that requirements related to face masks and coverings "significantly reduced the number of infections by over 78, 000 in Italy from April 6 to May 9 and over 66, 000 in New York City from April 17 to May 9. "
It will not stop 100% all of the virus. You need an expensive sealed suit with micron filters.
The mask REDUCES infection. It block water molecules that people sneeze and exhale. There is even a video showing water molecules dyed a color that you can see get Reduced.
The virus is inside water droplets.
The original plan was to reduce the rate of infection. Because it is an exponential curve and if they could lower the infection rate the number of infected would not skyrocket.
But NO, Weak willed people who are afraid of any form of oppression refused to put on a mask. I saw a strong man with muscles saying that he could not breath with a mask on he felt like dying. Or a woman saying that she had breathing problems but has no problem yelling her lungs out at the staff.
They were afraid of staying at home that they organized huge parties and even traveled across state lines to spread the virus. One teen even said he felt like the jew in nazi germany. You cowards are weak and don't know real oppression.
1% is not world ending but it adds up.
1% of 1 million is 10, 000 dead
People were afraid when 3000 people died in 911 but 200k is an okay sacrifice for them because they were told that it is what it is.
I mean, Think about it. Germs and viruses are microscopic. While the mask CAN collect some of them and prevent some from spreading, Some can, Indeed, Go right through the mask, Causing the wearer to still get, Or spread, The virus.
Take my dad and my grandpa for example, They got the virus back in July, Despite wearing masks everywhere they went.
Even with all these face mask mandates instituted, The virus haven't died down. In fact, Case surges still happen here and there.
If a fart can get through underwear and pants than a small thin piece of fabric is not going to stop microscopic cells from getting through the mask. There is no proof that a mask can stop COVID-19. The mandatory mask order is a ploy to keep America from panicking.