President Joe Biden has consistently demanded mask usage, with his administration going so far as to try and prevent states from banning school mask mandates.
That position seems almost psychopathic in its recklessness. For while the evidence that masks prevent COVID is weak, a new Japanese study says that they are a breeding ground for deadly bacteria.
Study finds masks can harbor “pathogenic microbes”
Published last weekend by Scientific Reports, the study “surveyed 109 volunteers on their mask usage and lifestyles, and cultured bacteria and fungi from either the face-side or outer-side of their masks.”
The researchers noted the presence of “several pathogenic microbes” on face masks, including “Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Aspergillus, and Microsporum.”
They also concluded that “immunocompromised people should avoid repeated use of masks to prevent microbial infection.”
Daniel Horowitz highlighted that assertion in an article for Conservative Review, noting that it conflicts with one of the major justifications given for compulsory mask usage.
“We were told all these measures were put into place for immunocompromised people, and now we see they are in the most danger from wearing these masks,” Horrowitz pointed out.
“Based on these findings, given that there is zero evidence masks worked against even the less contagious variants (much less the current “ninja” BA.5 variant), shouldn’t this be a pretext for banning masks?” he asked.
“Your mask can never protect another person (if it works for the wearer, it works; if not, not), but these findings would indicate they can be a hazard for people other than the person wearing it,” Horrowitz continued.
Research in multiple countries shows masking school kids does little to stop COVID
What’s more, the writer went on to cite studies from Spain, Finland, and North Dakota on masking school children that failed to find any evidence that the practice has efficacy in slowing the spread of COVID.
Further, one French researcher even published a peer-reviewed study which found a “moderate positive correlation between mask usage and deaths in Western Europe.”
Despite this, Horrowitz highlighted how some jurisdictions are again requiring the use of “these bacteria traps,” something he called “downright criminal.”