Surgeons have been wearing masks for over 120 years. Johann Mikulicz, the head of the surgery department at the University of Breslau started wearing a mask in 1897, around the same time Paul Berger – a Parisian surgeon, began doing the same. The masks were originally devised as a way to keep bacteria and germs away from patients’ wounds. They were NOT designed to protect the wearer.
By 1923 over two-thirds of surgeons in the US and Europe were wearing masks, with almost all of them doing so by 1935. The CDC, having been founded in way back 1946, should by now, be well aware of how masks are meant to be used. For the last 75 years their advice on masks has been the same. Even up until March this year when Dr. Anthony Fauci was interviewed by Dr. Jon LaPook on 60 Minutes, he said:
Fauci: The masks are important for someone who’s infected to prevent them from infecting someone else. Now when you see people – and look at the films in China and South Korea and everybody is wearing a mask – right now in the United States people should not be walking around with masks.
LaPook: You’re sure of it? Because people are listening really closely to this.
Fauci: People should not be walking – there’s no reason for people to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences – people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.
Watch the minute and a half snippet from the interview below.
Fauci didn’t however say people shouldn’t wear a mask:
…when you look at the films of foreign countries and you see 85% of the people wearing masks – that’s fine, that’s fine. I’m not against it. If you want to do it, that’s fine.
This was contrary to advice from the WHO who stated at the same time: “If you do not have these symptoms [cough, fever, and difficulty breathing] you do not have to wear a mask. There is no evidence that they [medical masks] protect people who are not sick”.
Only a few weeks after the aforementioned interview however, Dr. Fauci changed his tune on mask wearing. The CDC decided to throw the science on masks from the last 120+ years out the window, saying everyone should wear a mask in public, regardless of the state of their health.
The CDC now explains on its website that the point of wearing a mask “is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.” Fauci explained his back-flip on mask wearing in an interview with ABC News’ Start Here podcast:
Very early on in the pandemic .. there was a shortage of PPE and masks for health care providers. The feeling was that people .. might be hoarding masks and making the shortage of masks even greater. In that context, we said that we did not recommend masks.
However, once it became very clear that masking up worked and that cloth coverings were incredibly effective in preventing the spread of the virus – even working “as well as surgical masks,” the dialogue changed.
About 40-45% of all the infections were among individuals who had no symptoms, namely asymptomatic infection … it became clear that transmissions, a substantial proportion of them, are transmitted by people without symptoms.
So then all of a sudden, it became clear that you would not know if you were infected or if the person that you were dealing with was infected. And at that point, it became clear that A. No shortage of masks, B. Data now prove that masks work and 3. [sic] there clearly is asymptomatic transmission.
You can listen to the full interview of the above here.
Now the problem with what Dr. Fauci said above is that A. The science on mask wearing is definitely not clear. There have been COVID breakouts in states and countries where mask wearing in public is mandatory, and in some places where it is not the population has been largely spared from the virus. A simple search on a non-biased search engine will show you a plethora of arguments and studies backing both sides of the debate. Many health experts even claim it can be extremely unhealthy to wear a mask.
The second problem with what Fauci claims is that rate of asymptomatic spreading is just an estimate based on a few studies. The WHO has openly stated that asymptomatic infections are “very rare” which completely contradicts this. Another study of 455 people who were exposed to an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 showed an infection rate of zero. You didn’t read that wrong.
The Counter Argument
When presenting this information to people, they will often argue “So the CDC/Fauci/WHO/whomever changed their stance after learning new information..”. This doesn’t make sense since there is no true, clear, new “information” that gives a definitive bias towards the benefits of mask wearing and counters all the alternate data. The “new information” is purely anecdotal and is not well-documented or studied.
So the real question is; Should we trust the CDC 100% even though they don’t appear to know themselves what is going on?
If what they now say contradicts what they previously said during every other pandemic – were they wrong all those other times? Do they admit to giving incorrect medical advice for decades?
Who should we believe when what the CDC says contradicts the WHO and/or other respected medical authorities?
How can we trust anyone who doesn’t have a clear stance themselves, and can’t hide this ineptitude? Since they now say they were wrong in the past, how can we be sure they are 100% correct now?