Mask mandate and use efficacy in state-level COVID-19 containment

Authors: Damian D. Guerra, Daniel J. Guerra doi:


Background Containment of the COVID-19 pandemic requires evidence-based strategies to reduce transmission. Because COVID-19 can spread via respired droplets, many states have mandated mask use in public settings. Randomized control trials have not clearly demonstrated mask efficacy against respiratory viruses, and observational studies conflict on whether mask use predicts lower infection rates. We hypothesized that statewide mask mandates and mask use are associated with lower COVID-19 case growth rates in the United States.

Methods We calculated total COVID-19 case growth and mask use for the continental United States with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. We estimated post-mask mandate case growth in non-mandate states using median issuance dates of neighboring states with mandates.

Results Case growth was not significantly different between mandate and non-mandate states at low or high transmission rates, and surges were equivocal. Mask use predicted lower case growth at low, but not high transmission rates. Growth rates were comparable between states in the first and last mask use quintiles adjusted for normalized total cases early in the pandemic and unadjusted after peak Fall-Winter infections. Mask use did not predict Summer 2020 case growth for non-Northeast states or Fall-Winter 2020 growth for all continental states.

Conclusions Mask mandates and use are not associated with slower state-level COVID-19 spread during COVID-19 growth surges. Containment requires future research and implementation of existing efficacious strategies.

Speech Therapist: 364% Surge In Baby And Toddler Referrals Thanks To Mask Wearing

A speech therapist says that mask wearing during the pandemic has caused a 364% increase in patient referrals of babies and toddlers.

Authors: by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News, SUNDAY, JAN 30, 2022 – 03:50 PM

Jaclyn Theek told WPBF News that before the pandemic, only 5 per cent of patients were babies and toddlers, but this has soared to 20 per cent.

Parents are describing their children’s speech problems as “COVID delayed,” with face coverings the primary cause of their speaking skills being seriously impaired.

As young as 8 months old, babies start learning how to speak by reading lips, a thankless task if parents and caregivers smother themselves with masks to comply with mandates.

“It’s very important kids do see your face to learn, so they’re watching your mouth,” said Theek.

The news report featured one such mother, Briana Gay, who is raising five children but having speech problems with her youngest.

“It definitely makes a difference when the world you’re growing up in you can’t interact with people and their face, that’s super important to babies,” said Gay.

According to Theek, since the pandemic, autism symptoms are also skyrocketing.

“They’re not making any word attempts and not communicating at all with their family,” she said.

As we previously highlighted, Forbes deleted an article written by an education expert who asserted that forcing schoolchildren to wear face masks was causing psychological trauma.

A study by researchers at Brown University found that mean IQ scores of young children born during the pandemic have tumbled by as much as 22 points while verbal, motor and cognitive performance have all suffered as a result of lockdown.

Michael Curzon noted that two of the primary causes for this are face masks and children being atomized as a result of being kept away from other children.

“Children born over the past year of lockdowns – at a time when the Government has prevented babies from seeing elderly relatives and other extended family members, from socialising at parks or with the children of their parent’s friends, and from studying the expressions on the faces behind the masks of locals in indoor public spaces – have significantly reduced verbal, motor and overall cognitive performance compared to children born before, according to a new U.S. study. Tests on early learning, verbal development and non-verbal development all produced results that were far behind those from the years preceding the lockdowns,” he wrote.

Perhaps all the virtue signalers who think of themselves as such morally upstanding people for wearing masks will change their behavior given they are literally contributing to causing major cognitive problems in children.

Or maybe they simply won’t care, given that the mask is now a political status symbol above anything else.

Scientists push back on call to endorse booster shots for all

Authors: By Ariel Hart,  Helena Oliviero– The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Responding to the resurging pandemic and breakthrough infections, President Biden and some top health officials are pushing for the U.S. to begin vaccine booster shots by Sept. 20. But the committee of scientists who officially recommend whether to take such steps met Monday and pushed back.

The scientists said they still had fundamental questions to answer, such as whether the increase in COVID-19 infections after vaccination, so-called breakthrough cases, was related at all to waning effectiveness of the vaccines.

When the Sept. 20 date was announced “it led everyone—it led physicians, it led the public—to believe that they had access to information about these vaccines and the need for boosters that had not yet been publicly released,” said Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of Atlanta, a nonvoting member of the committee. “And to me, that kind of opened the door to a lot of confusion.”

The group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether scientific data merit approval or warnings on vaccines. From the moment its chairwoman opened Monday’s meeting, members made blunt statements that they would follow scientific data and processes on booster shots, regardless.

Other scientists were glad to hear it.

“There is a process that is being undermined by ‘science by leak,’” said Dr. Felipe Lobelo of Emory University, an epidemiologist and associate professor told the AJC. “We don’t really have strong data on when the waning starts; on whether the increased rates of infection and so called breakthrough infections…are occurring because of this waning effect— or is it because delta is more transmissible? Or is it because people are changing behaviors?”

Dr. Carlos del Rio, professor of medicine at Emory University, agreed. “The problem is by focusing on boosters we’re distracting from the biggest problem, which is all the unvaccinated people,” he said.

Without calling them “booster shots,” the FDA has authorized an extra shot for certain people with compromised immune systems, like organ transplant recipients, after they have completed their original coronavirus vaccine regimen. But no decisions have been made for other vulnerable groups, much less the general public.

That leaves Georgians who are now eager for a booster shot not knowing what comes next.

In Avondale Estates, Carolyn Chandler, 80, has marked her calendar for Oct. 16, the day she should get a booster if they’re recommended eight months from initial vaccination, as federal officials have touted.

Ever since Chandler started to see reports showing waning immunity from the vaccines, there was no question for her that she would get a booster.

“I just would like to stick around for a while,” Chandler said.

Even Mainstream Media Is Now Asking Big Questions About Covid Vaccines

Authors: BY TYLER DURDENWEDNESDAY, AUG 25, 2021 – 11:19 A

Former Congressman Ron Paul has highlighted this week that a handful of mainstream media articles have actually begun to break ranks in terms of questioning key aspects of vaccine effectiveness and mandates, particularly when it comes to the controversial boosters now being widely proposed.

“Even mainstream media is now asking big questions about the vaccines” Wednesday’s Liberty Report featured. A couple of recent headlines in Bloomberg and BBC were unexpected in terms the criticism reflected and somewhat skeptical pushback against the ‘consensus narrative’. 

The first news article that Congressman Paul and co-host Daniel McAdams highlight is from Bloomberg.

Here’s how the very unexpected Bloomberg article, which was published this past weekend, began:

Anecdotes tell us what the data can’t: Vaccinated people appear to be getting the coronavirus at a surprisingly high rate. But exactly how often isn’t clear, nor is it certain how likely they are to spread the virus to others. 

Though it is evident vaccination still provides powerful protection against the virus, there’s growing concern that vaccinated people may be more vulnerable to serious illness than previously thought.

And the same day as the BBG headline, there was this from UK government-funded BBC…

“Is catching Covid now better than more vaccine?”

The story began:

It is now a serious question that has implications for whether children should ever be vaccinated. And whether we use the virus or booster shots to top up immunity in adults. Both have become contentious issues.

“We could be digging ourselves into a hole, for a very long time, where we think we can only keep Covid away by boosting every year,” Prof Eleanor Riley, an immunologist from the University of Edinburgh, told me.

A mere month or more ago such statements found in these couple of mainstream media articles would get a person possibly suspended from Facebook or Twitter.

But they underscore just how ‘experimental’ the whole scenario is, despite governments in a number of places now mandating COVID-19 vaccines, with boosters just around the corner and already being implemented in some places (with Israel previously being the first) on a mass scale.

Soon we could see health officials pushing a second booster, a third, and on and on it will go…

Even The Daily Beast, which has spent much of the pandemic shaming the ‘vaccine hesitant’ is now admitting that “ultra-vaxxed” Israel is now seeing numbers of infections skyrocket

It appears that some in the media are actually beginning to acknowledge the “rush” for boosters is far too premature, and too little is yet known.


Authors: by Phillipe Champlain  •  •  August 24, 2021

Just this week, the archdiocese of Chicago, under the direction of leftist cardinal Blase Cupich (in lockstep with other far-left leaders), put out a tyrannical vaccination policy mandating each and every employee of the archdiocese of Chicago, both lay and cleric, take the COVID-19 gene therapy jab.

As can be expected, many of these archdiocesan employees are bucking Cupich’s order and are refusing to take this unproven gene therapy.

One Chicago archdiocesan employee stated to ChurchMilitant anonymously:

If I am going to be forced to get the jab to work at the Church, then I am out of here! I work at the Church because I love my Faith and the Church, not for the money, which is pitiful. This manhandling of the archdiocesan employees by Cdl. Cupich is reprehensible and tyrannical.  What happened to the respect of the civil rights of individuals to refuse a medical procedure? This cardinal has to go!

Not all bishops in the United States are as tyrannical as Cupich. On Aug. 6, the bishops of Colorado released a letter calling for the respect of all those individuals with conscientious objections to the COVID-19 vaccines. They even wrote a template for seeking exemptions to vax requirements.

Additionally, Fr. James Altman — over the last year made famous for his orthodoxy to the true Faith of the Church — weighed in against forced COVID-19 mandates:

Every man and woman, made in the image and likeness of the Almighty, has every right on God’s green earth to determine what type of medical procedure to receive or not to receive! How absolutely ludicrous for all these individuals, politicians and churchmen to push a witches’ brew of a vaccine — most of which are manufactured through use of stem cells from the aborted! What is most reprehensible about all these vaccine mandates coming out is how so many of our bishops, like Cdl. Blase Cupich, push the reception of the jab! And he does this as if receiving this jab is some sort of a moral good! What rot! Taking the jab is not in any way whatsoever a moral good.

What is a moral good is each and every individual safeguarding their personal health and the health of their family. This is a good that Sacred Scripture and our Sacred Tradition mandates. In our world today, you have many who presume they have every right to take the life of their unborn child from within the womb, and yet these same morons say: “No person has the individual right to refuse the COVID vaccine!” I hate to tell you morons, but you can’t have it both ways. The truth is the child within the womb at conception is a separate unique person made in the image and likeness of God, and no individual, not even the mother, has the right to kill this unique person!

Additionally, every person has the right to control what medical procedures are, or are not done to their person. For all invasive medical procedures from time immemorial, a person has had the right to sign for or against the procedure. Why now is this practice being jettisoned, as if a person has no right to waive this novel, new immune therapy that has not been proven effective by either time or extensive trials? Mandated COVID vaccines are neither a moral good nor legitimate from a medical perspective.

Time will prove, one way or another, how effective this great experiment of forcing millions of the world’s inhabitants to take the jab was! And God will ultimately judge all those involved, at all levels and in all capacities. I, as one man, pray when I am judged that God will remember how I spoke out against this great experiment being conducted on the human race, being reshaped now not by the hand of the Almighty, but by some mad men in dark labs! You can see their evil plotting in the back of your mind’s eye: “Let’s just see what happens when we mandate gene therapy for all people on earth!”

Lunacy is lunacy. What happened to the brains of our leaders, both in the world and in the Church? What motivates them to force as many people as possible to get the jab? I wonder, is there a gene therapy to prevent such a terrible idea? Time proves everything, like Fr. Altman said. Let’s all pray that we can resist all this lunacy while we still have a chance.

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