Do New Zealanders have to wear masks?
On the 18th of November 2020, the New Zealand Government has introduced a mandate for masks for people travelling on public transport in the Auckland region or travelling on passenger flights throughout New Zealand. However, the Ministry of Health provides exemptions, such as
- a person who has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask or face covering safely or comfortably
An email received under the Official Information Act shows that the Ministry of Health has advised the College of General Practitioners that people cannot be asked to show their medical exemption.
A question posed to the Unite Against COVID-19 facebook page also had this to say:
Therefore, people can claim they have a medical exemption and cannot be asked to provide proof. Because masks reduce a person’s ability to breathe (a medical issue), everyone is exempt if they so choose to be. Carrying an asthma inhaler for those worried about being asked may also be a good idea.
Do masks even work?
Doctor Ted Noel demonstrates the ability for aerosol particles to get through a number of face masks by using a vape. These included medical face masks, cloth masks, and guard masks which have a “high efficiency filter material.”
The vape aerosol, which has the same size or larger particles as coronavirus, easily went around the sides, bottom, and tops of the masks that Noel displayed. “It might protect me from you, but it sure isn’t going to protect you from me,”
Where’s the science?:
A new study from Denmark (November 2020) on the efficacy of mask wearing to prevent Covid19 has raised some serious questions. What did this randomized control study of over 6,000 people find?
- The science does not support universal mask wearing recommendations
- A policy review paper published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in May 2020 — the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal — found no evidence to support universal mask wearing as a protective measure in non-health care settings
- A recent meta-analysis and scientific review — which focused on randomized controlled studies rather than observational ones — found that, compared to no mask, mask wearing in the general population or among health care workers did not reduce influenza or influenza-like illness cases
- One study found U.S. states with universal mask mandates saw a 2% reduction in growth rates of positive COVID-19 tests compared to states that did not mandate masks
- Another investigation shows mask rules have had nothing to do with infection rates after all, as no matter how strict the mask rules and how high the compliance, cases have risen and fallen around the same time
- Despite claims of having a pandemic plan in place, and despite having conducted a global coronavirus pandemic response exercise a mere 10 weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak, planners appear to have overlooked the most important part of pandemic planning, namely researching and identifying the most effective response measures
- Universal mask wearing, like the lockdowns, has no basis in science. On the contrary, the available scientific evidence near-conclusively shows that mask wearing does not reduce infection rates
- Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reveal 85% of COVID-19 patients had “always” or “often” worn a cloth mask or face covering in the 14 days preceding their illness
- Despite lack of scientific support for universal mask wearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci now supports a federal mask mandate, saying “the data on masks speaks for itself”
- The World Health Organization encourages universal cloth mask use, not because they’ve been proven to work best but rather because they encourage “cultural expression” and “offer a source of income for those able to manufacture masks within their communities”
World Health Organisation say:
- Science clearly shows face coverings of various kinds do little if anything to prevent respiratory illnesses caused by aerosolized viruses
- Influenza viruses — coronaviruses that cause the common cold and SARS-CoV-2 — all spread via the air, not just via droplets or touching contaminated surfaces. Preventing droplet contamination does not mean you also prevent the transmission of the aerosolized virus
More Science – Comprehensive site
The Model Health Show – Mask Facts Science site providing links to studies and study by the Cochrane Collaboration (with video)