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by dulan drift, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 07:27 (67 days ago) @ dulan drift

Not sure if i agree with their discussion on masks - though i defend their right to have it. The host says something like 'All the scientific studies point to masks being ineffective' - that's not a correct statement. In fact there have been lots of studies, including pre-Covid, saying masks are effective.


https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2020/05/04/2003735785

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2020/05/04/2003735785

https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2020/04/27/13993003.01260-2020

https://www.livescience.com/are-face-masks-effective-reducing-coronavirus-spread.html

https://theconversation.com/masks-help-stop-the-spread-of-coronavirus-the-science-is-si...

There is also the example of Taiwan, and other Asian countries, where masks were worn from the get-go.

Are masks a magic bullet? Probably not. Can they stop Covid if it's already running rampant? Maybe not. But it seems like commonsense that if i have Covid and i cough - then that virus, which is carried in droplets, is gonna spread less if i am wearing a mask. Furthermore they are cheap and accessible to every person on the planet - unlike vaccines.


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