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Post by Tony Bennett on 12.11.20 22:01

NOTE: If you have little time, go to the next post, scroll to the bottom, and read Dr Vernon Coleman's conclusion



Masks and Mask Wearing: 100 Facts You Must Know (by Dr Vernon Coleman)

1
Surgeons have been using surgical masks since their introduction in 1897. It has for some
years been customary for surgeons and nurses to wear surgical masks in the operating theatre
and to change masks part of the way through any procedure lasting more than a few hours.
The dangers associated with mask wearing were assessed by five doctors and published in
the journal Neurocirugia in 2008.
Although it is customary for operating theatres to be fitted with air conditioning systems,
the writers of the article, entitled, Preliminary Report on Surgical Mask induced
Deoxygenation During Major Surgery, pointed out that it is known that heat and moisture are
trapped beneath surgical masks and concluded that ‘it seems reasonable that some of the
exhaled carbon dioxide may also be trapped beneath them, inducing a decrease in blood
oxygenation’.
A total of 53 surgeons, of both sexes, all employed at university hospitals and aged
between 24 and 54 years of age were tested. All were non-smokers and none had any chronic
lung disease. The test involved pulse oximetry before and after the course of an operation.
The study showed that the longer a mask was worn the greater the fall in blood oxygen levels.
This may lead to the individual passing out and it may also affect natural immunity – thereby
increasing the risk of infection.
The masks used were disposable, sterile, one-way surgical paper masks. To eliminate the
effect of dehydration over a several hour surgical operation, the surgeons were allowed after
every hour to drink water through a straw.
The authors of the paper concluded that, ‘When the values for oxygen saturation of
haemoglobin were compared, there were statistically significant differences only between
preoperational and post operational values. As the duration of the operation increases, oxygen
saturation of haemoglobin decreases significantly.’

2.
This quote is taken from New England Journal of Medicine: ‘We know that wearing a mask
outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health
authorities define a significant exposure to covid-19 as face to face contact within six feet
with a patient with symptomatic covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and
some say more than 10 minutes or even 20 minutes). The chance of catching covid-19 from a
passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases the desire for
widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.’ The reference is:
M.Klompas, C.Morris et al ‘Universal Masking in hospitals in the covid-19 era’ – New
England Journal of Medicine 2020

3.
It is possible that wearing a mask for hours at a time could cause pulmonary fibrosis. In
August 1988, the proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference
included details of three cases of pulmonary fibrosis, thought to be due to exposure to
synthetic textile fibres. The first was a woman of 52 who had a dry cough with increasing
difficulty in breathing. Changes were visible on an X-ray. The woman had been working in a
textile shop for 15 years where her job was measuring and cutting cloth – mainly synthetic
materials. The second patient was a woman of 66 who also had difficulty in breathing. The
lungs of this patient also showed X-ray changes. She was also involved in cutting and
measuring synthetic fabrics. A third woman, aged 47, had bilateral pulmonary fibrosis.
Studies have shown that loose fibres are seen on all types of masks and may be inhaled
causing serious lung damage.

4.
People who cough and sneeze into their mask increase the risk of a build-up of fungi and
bacteria – which can lead to dangerous chest infections.

5.
In 2015, the British Medical Journal published a paper entitled, A Cluster Randomised Trial
of Cloth Masks Compared with Medical Masks in Healthcare Workers. The paper was
written by nine authors from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney,
the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Vietnam and the Beijing Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in China. The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy
of cloth masks to medical masks in hospital health care workers. The study, which was
extensive, concluded that the results caution against the use of cloth masks.
‘This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety,’ concluded the
authors. ‘Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased
risk of infection.’
And the authors added: ‘…as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be
recommended for health care workers, particularly in high risk situations, and guidelines need
to be updated’.

6.
Many individuals have turned their masks into fashion items. I wonder how many wear the
same mask day after day without washing them. If masks are unwashed then they become
breeding grounds for bacteria, fungi and viruses. If they are washed then they become even
more useless (if that is possible) than they were when new. The enthusiasm for ‘fashion’
masks, which match other items of clothing, is rising. But wearing a fashionable mask is akin
to a slave painting their chains to look pretty.

7.
The word ‘covering’ is now often used in official propaganda material, having replaced the
word ‘mask’. It has clearly been decreed more acceptable than the more usual word ‘mask’
which carries worrying overtones.

8.
It is often difficult to hear what people say when they are wearing masks – particularly if the
masks are close-fitting. Conversations are kept to a minimum and social interactions in shops
and other establishments are functional at best. (It is worth noting that hairdressers and others
in service industries have been instructed to talk as little as possible – ostensibly to prevent
the spread of the virus. Singing, a joyful activity for singers and listeners, has been banned.)

9.
Mask wearers have been encouraged by the psy-op specialists to show their hatred for nonmask wearers. This loathsome ploy was first promoted by Ms Dick of the Metropolitan police
in London, and seems designed to make those who cannot or do not wear masks feel guilty
and ashamed. The mentally and physically disabled will, therefore, be harassed and abused if
they dare to go out of their homes.

10.
In October 2020, it was noticeable that when street photographs were published in the press
or online, they invariably showed members of the public wearing masks – even though mask
wearing out of doors was not compulsory. It was at that point clear that the public would soon
be forced to wear masks out of doors – even when exercising.

11.
Symptoms caused by mask wearing are now being wrongly blamed on covid-19. It seems
likely that when mask wearing starts to result in deaths (as it will do), those deaths will be
blamed on covid-19 and used as a reason for politicians and advisors to demand that people
wear masks for even longer hours. The vicious circle will be complete.

12.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the US has decreed that any room
where the carbon dioxide is present at a level or more than 5,000 parts per million is unsafe
and has an environment which is toxic and dangerous. Carbon dioxide levels normally exist
at between 350 and 450 parts per million. Acceptable indoor quality level is 600 to 800 ppm.
Any employer who attempts to force employees to work in an environment where the carbon
dioxide level is too high can be held to account. Similarly, any teacher who attempts to force
children to study in such an environment would be legally responsible. If a nuclear submarine
has a level of over 5,000 parts per million then it must surface because it is considered to
have a threatening and dangerous environment. There is much dispute about the levels of
carbon dioxide which may develop if a mask is worn. Generally, the tighter a mask fits the
greater the risk that the level of carbon dioxide will rise to dangerous levels but it must be
remembered that most members of the public have no training on how to wear a mask and
there are few if any restrictions on mask manufacture. Indeed, members of the public are
making their own masks and using bits of left over material to do so. A wide variety of masks
are being designed and worn. Those dismissing the danger as non-existent might like to read
HSE Contract Research Report no 27/1991, produced by the British Health and Safety
Executive and entitled, Dead space and inhaled carbon dioxide levels in respiratory
protective equipment. Those dismissing the risks associated with carbon dioxide levels should
know that the amount of carbon dioxide in a small room can easily rise to levels which are
dangerous enough to have a dramatic effect on decision making. At least eight studies in the
last decade have studied carbon dioxide levels indoors and have found worrying levels above
1,200 parts per million.

13.
Women giving birth in France have to wear face masks. In my opinion, this is dangerous and
will put extra strain on the heart. Pregnant women should not wear a mask, not only because
of the risk to themselves but because of the risk to their unborn child. There is a real risk that
the baby will be stillborn or in some way damaged or poorly developed at birth.

14.
A number of those who have studied the science, regard mask wearers as collaborators – who
will lead us all to damnation if we let them. Their philosophy is: ‘If you’ve got a brain then
you don’t need a mask’.

15.
Research conducted by four French doctors in 2018 and reported in Rev Mal Respir, was
designed to evaluate the effect of wearing a surgical mask during a six minute walking test.
The authors of the study were E.Person, C.Lemercier, A.Royer and G.Reychler. (The six
minutes walking test is regularly used in pulmonology.)
For this research, 44 health subjects were used. Each individual performed two six minute
walking tests – one with a mask and one without a mask.
The researchers found that dyspnoea variation was significantly higher with a surgical
mask, and concluded that the difference was clinically relevant.
The conclusion was that ‘wearing a surgical mask modifies significantly and clinically
dyspnoea.’

16.
Vital evidence outlining the dangers and ineffectiveness of mask wearing has been banned,
blocked or deleted from the internet. Videos assessing the value of face mask wearing on the
basis of the scientific evidence have been removed. Discussion and debate about the value of
face masks are suppressed by politicians and the media. Research material outlining the
dangers of mask wearing has been removed from the internet on the basis that ‘it is no longer
relevant in our current climate’. So-called ‘fact-checkers’ invariably dismiss medical reports
published by doctors and scientists – however eminent those experts might be. The so-called
‘fact-checkers’ are often linked to commercial organisations or groups with commercial links.
No one seems to check the ‘fact-checkers’ – though they should.

17.
Between 2004 and 2016, at least twelve articles appeared in medical and scientific journals
showing that face masks do not prevent the transmission of infection.

18.
There are no strict rules about what constitutes a face mask, and the rules about when and
where masks should be worn are constantly changing. This proves that there is no science
supporting the wearing of masks. So, for example, it is clearly absurd that the coronavirus
should ever be thought to spread from person to person in a shop but not in an office.

19.
The tighter a mask fits the more likely it is to reduce blood oxygen levels and to increase the
amount of carbon dioxide being inhaled. It should be noted that optimal oxygen intake in
humans should, according to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, be
between 19.5 and 23.5% and that any human-occupied airspace where oxygen measures less
than 19.5% should be labelled as not safe for workers. However, the percentage of oxygen
inside a masked airspace generally measures 17.4% within seconds of putting on the mask. A
tighter fitting mask will result in lower oxygen levels and higher carbon dioxide levels.
Lower oxygen levels and increased levels of carbon dioxide stimulate greater inspiratory flow
– leading to a greater risk that loose fibres from the facemask will be inhaled.

20.
In Belgium, in September 2020, a group of 70 doctors sent an open letter to Ben Weyts, the
Flemish Education Minister in which they claimed that children are badly affected by having
to wear face masks. ‘Mandatory face masks in schools are a major threat to their
development,’ they wrote. ‘It ignores the essential need of the growing child. The well-being
of children and young people is highly dependent on emotional attachment to others.’
(Observing facial expressions help a child’s social development and so seeing those
around them wearing masks must therefore delay a child’s development.)
According to The Brussels Times, the doctors continued that ‘there is no large-scale
evidence that wearing face masks in a non-professional environment has any positive effect
on the spread of viruses, let alone on general health. Nor is there any legal basis for
implementing this requirement.’
‘Meanwhile, it is clear that healthy children living through covid-19 heal without
complications as standard and that they subsequently contribute to the protection of their
fellow human beings by increasing group immunity.’
‘The only sensible measure to prevent serious illness and mortality caused by covid-19 is
to isolate individual teachers and individual children at increased risk,’ they added. ‘This risk
assessment is not the task of the Ministry of Education but the task of the treating physicians
in consultation with their patients.’

21.
Leading German virologist Professor Streeck has criticised the use of masks, which he has
said are a wonderful breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. He has also criticised
lockdowns.

22.
Two dentists in New York have reported seeing a number of patients with inflamed gums and
other problems. The news story was reported in the New York Post.
‘We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities
in people who have never had them before,’ said dentist Rob Ramondi. ‘About 50% of our
patients are being impacted by this, (so) we decided to name it ‘mask mouth’.’
Another dentist, Marc Sclafani, told the New York Post that ‘gum disease, or periodontal
disease, will eventually lead to strokes and an increased risk of heart attacks.’
The dentists said that the problem is caused by the fact that face coverings increase mouth
dryness and contribute to a build-up of bad bacteria.
‘People tend to breathe through their mouth instead of through their nose while wearing a
mask,’ said Sclafani. ‘The mouth breathing is causing the dry mouth, which leads to a
decrease in saliva – and saliva is what fights the bacteria and cleanses your teeth.’

23.
Masks diminish the quality of our relationships with other people. We trust people less if they
are wearing masks. We cannot see smiles and so we fear people more.

24.
When the truth finally comes out about the dangers of masks, teachers making children wear
masks in schools will be sued. Bosses making their employees wear masks will also be sued.
Ignorance is no defence. And as the Nuremburg defendants discovered the reply, ‘I was
obeying orders’ is no defence.

25.
A 26-year-old man suffered a collapsed lung after running 2.5 miles while wearing a face
mask. Doctors say his condition was caused by the high pressure on the man’s lung, due to
his intense breathing while wearing the face mask. When masks are made mandatory
outdoors in the UK, joggers and cyclists will have no choice but to wear masks. Many will
die.

26.
Never in history have so many people worn masks obstructing their intake of air. A
considerable amount of research has been done into mask wearing. The research shows
clearly that masks are ineffective in preventing the movement of infective organisms but that
they reduce oxygen levels and increase levels of carbon dioxide. Most of those advocating
mask wearing are either ignorant or are deliberately exposing mask wearers to danger for no
reason. The side effects of excess carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) are headaches, dizziness,
drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and a tight feeling in the chest. The risks are usually dismissed
as irrelevant or non-existent by government spokesmen and fact checkers (many of whom are
sponsored by industry) but I found it impossible to find reliable scientific evidence
supporting this reassurance. It should be noted that the BBC, which claims to produce fact
checking material, has financial links to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (which itself
has strong financial links to the vaccine industry among others) and is in my view entirely
untrustworthy. The question, as always, is a simple one: who will check the ‘fact checkers’?
Government defenders regard the removal of a video from YouTube as a sign that the
advice in the video must have been ‘wrong’. The reality, of course, is the exact opposite since
YouTube takes down material which disagrees with advice from the World Health
Organisation which is now heavily sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

27.
Streets are littered with discarded face masks which ought to have been incinerated as
medical waste. If there really were a plague about, I can think of no better way to spread it
than to litter the country with dirty face masks.

28.
In the UK, the rules seem to me to allow anyone to claim a mask wearing exemption if they
have a physical or mental reason for not wearing a mask or if they feel anxious about wearing
a mask. And that exemption should not be questioned.

29.
Does wearing a face mask reduce your immunity levels? No one seems to know the answer
for sure but it seems possible that if people wear face masks for long periods (months or
years) then the absence of contact with the real world might well have a harmful effect on
immunity – if the face mask works. Do face masks prevent us developing immunity to
particular diseases? This depends on many factors – mainly the effectiveness of the face
mask. But if the mask isn’t preventing the development of immunity then it probably isn’t
worth wearing anyway.

30.
Two widely acknowledged hazards of wearing a face mask are first that the mask may give a
false sense of security and stop people taking other precautions – such as washing their
hands. Secondly, if masks aren’t worn properly (never touched and changed regularly) they
can do much more harm than good.

31.
There is no doubt that face masks can be dangerous. In China, two school boys who were
wearing face masks while running on a track both collapsed and died – possibly, I would
surmise, because the strain on their hearts by the shortage of oxygen proved fatal. At least
two other deaths due to mask wearing have been reported in Germany.

32.
A report published in the British Medical Journal summarised some other risks. First, when
you wear a face mask some of the air you breathe out goes into your eyes. This can be
annoying and uncomfortable and if, as a result, you touch your eyes you may infect yourself.
Second, face masks make breathing more difficult and, as I have already pointed out, anyone
who has a breathing problem will find that a mask makes it worse. Also, some of the carbon
dioxide which is breathed out with each exhalation is then breathed in because it is trapped.
Together these factors may mean that the mask wearer may breathe more frequently or more
deeply, and if that happens then someone who has the coronavirus may end up breathing
more of the virus into their lungs. If a mask is contaminated because it has been worn for too
long then the risks are even greater. How long is too long? No one knows but two hours
seems an accepted limit. No research has been done as far as I know. Third, there is a risk
that the accumulation of the virus in the fabric of the mask may increase the amount of the
virus being breathed in. This might then defeat the body’s immune response and cause an
increase in infections – other infections, not just the coronavirus.

33.
Dr Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon, has reported that wearing a face mask can
produce a number of problems varying from headaches to hypercapnia (a condition in which
excess carbon dioxide accumulates in the body) and that the problems can include life
threatening complications. Symptoms of hypercapnia include drowsiness, dizziness and
fatigue. Some of the carbon dioxide exhaled with each breath is retained behind the mask and
then breathed in again.
Dr Blaylock has also warned of neurological problems. ‘By wearing a mask, the exhaled
viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the
olfactory nerves and travel into the brain,’ he wrote.
And Dr Blaylock has warned of the danger to patients with cancer. ‘People with cancer,
especially if the cancer has spread, will be at a further risk from prolonged hypoxia as the
cancer grows best in a microenvironment that is low in oxygen. Low oxygen also promotes
inflammation which can promote the growth, invasion and spread of cancers. Repeated
episodes of hypoxia have been proposed as a significant factor in atherosclerosis and hence
increases (the risk of) all cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.’

34.
The risk of side effects developing when wearing a mask depend to some extent on whether
the mask is made of cloth or paper or is an N95 mask filtering out at least 95% of airborne
particles. One study of 212 healthcare workers showed that a third of them developed
headaches with 60% needing painkillers to relieve the headache. Some of the headaches were
thought to be caused by an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood or a
reduction in the amount of oxygen in the blood. Another study, this time of 159 young health
workers, showed that 81% developed headaches after wearing face masks – so much so that
their work was affected.

35.
An N95 mask can reduce blood oxygenation by as much as 20% and this can lead to a loss of
consciousness. Naturally, this can be dangerous for vehicle drivers; masked bus drivers, for
example, could be putting their passengers’ lives at risk.

36.
Dr Blaylock has pointed to a study entitled, The use of masks and respirators to prevent
transmission of influenza: a systematic review of the scientific evidence. This study looked at
17 separate studies and concluded that none of the studies established a conclusive
relationship between the use of masks and protection against influenza infection. ‘When a
person has TB we have them wear a mask,’ concluded Dr Blaylock, ‘not the entire
community of the non- infected.’
Dr Blaylock has also described how mask wearing can affect immunity. ‘…a drop in
oxygen levels (hypoxia) is associated with an impairment in immunity,’ he has written.
‘Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight
viral infections called the CD4+T- lymphocyte. This occurs because the hypoxia increases
the level of a compound called hypoxia inducible factor-11 (HIF-11) which inhibits Tlymphocytes and stimulates a powerful immune inhibitor cell. This sets the stage for
contracting any infection, including covid-19, and making the consequences of that infection
much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased of infections and
if so, having a much worse outcome.’

37.
Visors have one important advantage over masks. The evidence shows clearly that although
masks are useless at preventing the spread of infection they are potentially extremely
dangerous. On the other hand, although visors are just as useless as masks at preventing the
spread of infection they are at least relatively free of danger and are, therefore, the face
coverings of choice for those who feel the need to wear one. Although they have not been
tested extensively, visors are probably just as useless as masks but they may be less
dangerous to wearers. The fact that governments allow citizens to use visors proves beyond
any shadow of doubt that the whole mask wearing scam is just that – a scam. The aim is to
obtain psychological control rather than to control disease.

38.
Dr Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD PhD is a leading European neurologist and
neurophysiologist. In October 2020, she warned that rebreathing our exhaled air, because of
wearing masks, will create oxygen deficiency and an excess of carbon dioxide in the body.
‘We know,’ she said, ‘that the human brain is very sensitive to oxygen deprivation. There are
nerve cells in the hippocampus that cannot last longer than three minutes without oxygen.’ Dr
Griesz-Brisson pointed out that the acute warning symptoms of oxygen deprivation are
headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty in concentration and slowing down of reaction
times. The real danger is, however, that when the oxygen deprivation becomes chronic, the
symptoms disappear because the body gets used to them. However, efficiency remains
impaired and the damage to the brain continues. ‘We know that neurodegenerative disease
takes years to decades to develop. If today you forget your phone number, the breakdown in
your brain would have already started two or three decades ago.’
Dr Griesz-Brisson explains that while the mask wearer thinks that they are becoming
accustomed to re-breathing exhaled air, the problems within the brain are growing as the
oxygen deprivation continues.
She also points out that brain cells which die, because of a shortage of oxygen, will never
be replaced. They are gone for ever. She goes on to argue that everyone is entitled to claim
exemption from mask wearing because oxygen deprivation is so dangerous – and masks
don’t work.
Finally, Dr Griesz-Brisson points out that children and teenagers must never wear masks,
partly because they have extremely active and adaptive immune systems but also because
their brains are especially active and vulnerable. The more active an organ is the more
oxygen it needs. And so the damage to children’s brains is huge and irreversible.
She warns that dementia is going to increase in ten years, and the younger generation will
not be able to reach their potential because of the mask wearing.
Oxygen deprivation adversely affects the heart and the lungs but it also damages the brain.
And the damage will be permanent.
‘My conclusion has to be that no one has the right to force us to deprive our bodies of
oxygen for absolutely no good reason. Depriving individuals of oxygen is a crime perpetrated
by those demanding that we wear masks. Those who let it happen and those who collaborate
are also guilty. And those who wear masks in situations where they are not legally required
are cooperating in a criminal activity.’
Inevitably, Dr Griesz-Brisson’s interview was removed from YouTube as part of the
global suppression of medical information.

39.
The nasal flu vaccine, the one given to children, contains attenuated or weakened live viruses.
It is possible that if a child has a weakened immune system – as would doubtless be the case
if they’d been imprisoned and kept indoors a lot or had for absolutely no good reason been
wearing a mask for a long time – then a vaccine virus might conceivably cause the flu. And
because attenuated viruses aren’t quite dead, they could change or even become live and they
could mutate and they could result in other people being infected. So it is possible that a child
who has the nasal flu vaccine could transmit the flu virus to Granny – who might die as a
result.

40.
Many doctors now believe that masks are being used as a conditioning tool to make us more
compliant. Most people dutifully wear them, wrongly believing that their masks will protect
them from the coronavirus, and without any idea of the damage that is being done to their
physical and mental health. All around the world citizens have proved to be extraordinarily
obedient and gullible, pathetic even, accepting the lies and deceits quite freely. Social
distancing and the wearing of masks are both likely to be long-term and possibly permanent,
and the physical and mental damage done is also likely to be long-term and permanent.

41.
The rules about mask wearing change from time to time and from one area to another
(proving that there is no science behind mask wearing) and we never quite know what
punishments to expect. In one part of America you could be sent to prison for a year if you
failed to wear a mask. In another part of America you had to pay a 2,000 dollar fine but there
was no prison sentence. In Texas, some people have been told that they should wear masks in
their own homes. In one shop a guard pulled a gun on a man who was not wearing a mask.

42.
The Chinese wear masks routinely – to protect themselves from pollution. But the masks
appeared to make no difference to the spread of the coronavirus in China.

43.
Economists, professors of anything, engineers, bankers, teachers, company directors and golf
course management executives are all of one mind: we must all wear our masks.
Astonishingly, and inexplicably, the media is giving yards of print space and many
broadcasting hours to these people but denying space or time to experienced, well-qualified
doctors who simply want to provide truth, scientific evidence and common sense. The few
doctors who toe the ‘party line’ on the covid-19 hoax are guaranteed huge amounts of
publicity.

44.
Will masks become part of the new world religion (widely known to its supporters as
Chrislam)? Masks are traditionally associated with a number of repressive rituals.

45.
In a paper published in MedRxiv.2020 entitled, Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce
the spread of respiratory viruses, T.Jefferson, M.Jones et al concluded that compared to not
wearing a mask there was no reduction of influenza-like illnesses when health care workers
or the general population wore masks.
In March 2020, Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the UK, warned that it
is possible to trap the virus in a mask and start breathing it in. She said that wearing a mask
was not a good idea.

46.
A meta-analysis published in May in 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control was entitled,
Non-pharmaceutical measures for pandemic influenza in non-healthcare settings – personal
protective and environment measures. The authors concluded that the evidence from
randomized controlled trials of face masks did not support a substantial effect on the
transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza, either when worn by infected persons or by
persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility.

47.
In May 2016, a meta-analysis written by J.Smith and C.MacDougall and published in the
Canadian Medical Association Journal concluded that both randomised controlled trials and
observational studies of N95respirators and surgical masks used by health care workers, did
not show any benefit against the transmission of acute respiratory infections. The authors also
concluded that acute respiratory infection transmission may have occurred via the
contamination of provided respiratory protective equipment during storage and through the
reuse of masks and respirators during the working day.

48.
In 2019, a scientific paper written by L.Radonovich and M.Simberkoff was published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association. The paper was entitled, N95 respirators vs
medical masks for preventing influenza among health care personnel: a randomized clinical
trial. The study involved 2,862 volunteers and showed that both surgical masks and N95
respirators ‘resulted in no significant difference in the incidence of laboratory confirmed
influenza’.

49.
In 2011, a meta-analysis of 17 separate studies regarding masks and the effect on the
transmission of influenza found that none of the 17 studies established a conclusive
relationship between mask or respirator use and protection against influenza infection. The
study was conducted by F bin-Reza, V.Lopez et al.

50.
It was proved in 1920 that cloth masks fail to impede or stop flu virus transmissions. It was
concluded that the number of layers of fabric required to prevent pathogen penetration would
require a suffocating number of layers and could not be used. It was also recognised that
there was a problem of leakage around the edges of cloth masks.

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...51.
A paper entitled, Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold
among health workers in Japan: a randomized clinical trial was published in the American
Journal of Infection Control in June 2009. The authors concluded that face mask use was
found not to be protective against the common cold when compared to controls who did not
wear face masks.

52.
In 2009, investigators studied masks for an article published in the Journal of Occupational
Environmental Hygiene. The authors concluded that for both N95 masks and surgical masks,
expelled particles were deflected around the edges of the masks and that there was
measurable penetration of particles through the filter of each mask.

53.
A paper entitled, Face coverings, aerosol dispersion and mitigation of virus transmission
risk, written by M.Viola, B.Peterson et al, was published in 2005. The authors concluded
there have been farther transmissions of virus-laden fluid particles from masked individuals
than from unmasked invididuals, by means of leakage jets, including backward and
downward jets that may present major hazards. All masks were thought to reduce forward
airflow by 90% or more over wearing no mask; however Schlieren imaging showed that
surgical masks and cloth masks resulted in a greater upward airflow past the eyebrows than
occurred in individuals not wearing masks at all. Backward unfiltered air flow was found to
be strong with all the masks tested, compared to individuals not wearing masks. In other
words, if a person wearing a mask has an infection then the risk of being infected is high for
anyone standing behind the wearer.

54.
A paper by H.Jung and J.Kim, which was entitled, Comparison of filtration efficiency and
pressure drop in anti-yellow sand masks, quarantine masks, medical masks, general masks
and handkerchiefs, was published in Aerosol Air Qual Res in June 2013. The paper studied
44 mask brands and found that the average penetration was 35.6%. Even most medical masks
had over 20% penetration. Most importantly, the study found that general masks and
handkerchiefs had no protective function in terms of aerosol filtration efficiency.

55.
A study published in 2015 in the British Medical Journal by C.MacIntyre, H.Seal et al,
entitled, A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in
healthcare workers found that penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% while
penetration of medical masks was 44%. The authors showed healthcare workers wearing
cloth masks had significantly higher rates of influenza-like illness after four weeks of using
masks at work – when compared to controls.

56.
It is widely assumed that surgeons and operating theatre staff must wear masks but a paper by
N.Mitchell and S.Hunt entitled, Surgical face masks in modern operating rooms – a costly
and unnecessary ritual which was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection in July
1991– found no difference in wound infection rates with and without surgical masks. Other
scientific research papers have established similar conclusions. There was, for example, a
paper published in 2015 in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine by C DaZhou, P
Sivathondan et al. The paper was entitled, Unmasking the surgeons: the evidence base behind
the use of facemasks in surgery.

57.
No one should wear a mask while exercising. There have been several reports of masked
children dying while exercising. There is evidence showing that mask wearing reduces blood
oxygen levels even when the wearer is standing still. Individuals who exercise are likely to
sweat. Masks then become damp more quickly and the damp promotes the growth of
microorganisms.

58.
S Bae and M.Kim et al published a paper in April 2020 in the journal Annals Internal
Medicine 2020. The title of their paper was, Effectiveness of surgical and cotton masks in
blocking SARS CoV 2: A controlled comparison in 4 patients and they concluded that ‘neither
surgical nor cotton masks effectively filtered SARS-CoV-2 during coughs by infected
patients’.

59.
It is not just out of politeness that surgeons and dentists traditionally remove their masks
when talking to patients. They do so because they know that patients and relatives find it
more reassuring, and more comforting, to see a whole human face rather than just part of one.
Moreover, it is often exceedingly difficult to understand what someone is saying when they
are wearing a mask.

60.
‘The face mask traps warm moisture that is produced when we exhale,’ says dermatologist Dr
Maggie Kober. ‘For those with acne, this can lead to acne flares. For many others, this warm,
moist environment surrounding skin creates the perfect condition for naturally occurring
yeast and bacteria to flourish and grow more abundant. This overgrowth of yeast and bacteria
can produce angular cheilitis, the cracking and sores at the corners of the mouth.’
Face masks can also present a risk of contact dermatitis and can increase the risk of staph
infections.

61.
In June 2020, researchers suggested that the oxygen reduction and carbon dioxide build up
(hypercapnia) might put a considerable strain on the heart, lungs, kidneys and immune
system. This risk has not been disproven. The paper was written by B.Chandrasekaran,
S.Fernandes and entitled, Exercise with facemask: are we handling a devil’s sword – a
physiological hypothesis.

62.
Research has shown that respirators and masks contained influenza bugs found on their outer
surfaces. The risk was higher the longer the masks were worn. It has also been established
that bacteria accumulate on masks – and those bacteria can cause lung infections.

63.
Mask wearers are more likely to develop infection than non-mask wearers. This may be due
to the fact that masks reduce blood oxygen levels and adversely affect natural immunity. It is
likely that anyone who wears a face mask for long periods will have a damaged immune
system – and be more susceptible to infection. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit
immune cells used to fight viral infections. Wearing a mask may make the wearer more likely
to develop an infection – and if an infection develops it is likely to be worse. Low oxygen
levels reduce T cells and therefore reduce immunity levels.

64.
‘Is a mask necessary in the operating theatre?’ by N.Orr, published in Annals Royal College
of Surgeons England in 1981, found no difference in wound infection rates whether or not
surgeons wore surgical masks.

65.
Thousands of years ago, it was discovered that forcing people to wear masks covering much
of their faces broke their will and made them subservient. The masks depersonalised the
wearers and dehumanised them too.

66.
Dr Scott Atlas, White House coronavirus advisor, claimed that face coverings are not
effective in stopping the virus’s spread. He tweeted, ‘Masks work? NO’ alongside a link to an
article that argued against the success of face coverings. Twitter removed his tweet.

67.
Children are now demanding to be allowed to wear masks (so that they look ‘grown up’) and
some are even fitting masks onto their dolls. Parents do not seem aware that children are
especially vulnerable to the brain damage which will inevitably be a result of the hypoxia that
is induced by mask wearing.

68.
In some parts of the world (particularly parts of the United States of America) it is
compulsory to wear a mask even while exercising. This is particularly dangerous and will
lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people dying while exercising.

69.
CIA torture techniques include forcing people to remain isolated (as in lockdowns), to keep
their distance from others (social distancing) and to wear masks.

70.
A paper in the journal, Ophthalmology and Therapy (published in September 2020), written
by Majid Moshirfar, William B. West Jr and Douglas P. Marx warned of an increase in dry
eye symptoms among mask wearers. Those using masks regularly for extended periods are
more likely to show symptoms. The condition is caused by exhaled air blowing upwards from
the mask into the eyes. The increased airflow causes irritation or inflammation. The authors
conclude ‘this mask-associated ocular irritation raises concerns about eye health and
increased risk of disease transmission in prolonged mask users’. Their advice is that lubricant
eye drops should be used and goggles should be worn.
Dry eyes lead to individuals rubbing their eyes which will lead to an increase in the risk of
infection.
Doctors and opticians are also reporting an increase in the number of patients complaining
of persistent headaches – because of mask wearing.

71.
Those who defend mask wearing claim that the practice must be safe because surgeons and
operating theatre staff wear masks. But operating theatres have a controlled air temperature,
masks are replaced every couple of hours, and those working in an operating theatre do not
rush around doing their shopping. It is important to remember that surgeons who wear masks
(and not all do) work while standing, rather than walking, and they work in a controlled, air
conditioned environment. They do not touch their masks and they change them regularly.

72.
We are told that fines for not wearing masks are going up and the military will be brought in
if the police cannot cope.

73.
Mask wearing is making shopping unpleasant, and thereby destroying thousands of small
businesses. This is one of the changes in society which will lead to the global reset promoted
by the United Nations and its Agenda 21 and the World Economic Forum. The plan is to
force us to live in sterile cities and to do all our shopping online.

74.
Mask wearing, social distancing and testing will become a permanent part of our world. The
end result will be the permanent closure of schools – and the moving of education online.
Teachers who insist that pupils wear masks and maintain social distancing rules are
destroying their own jobs.

75.
Fabric masks may allow viruses to enter and are not considered to be anywhere near as
protective as surgical masks. A study I have seen entitled, Optical microscopic study of
surface morphology and filtering efficiency of face masks concluded that face masks made of
cloth are not very good at filtering out viruses because the pores are much bigger than the
particulate matter that needs to be kept out. One study showed that face masks may have
pores five thousand times larger than virus particles. If this is accurate it means that the virus
will wander through the face mask much like a mouse wandering through Marble Arch.

76.
The World Health Organisation recommends that disposable masks should be discarded after
one use. Few people can afford to buy two or more disposable masks for every member of
their family, and so masks are frequently worn more than once. This massively increases the
risk of a chest infection developing.

77.
Professor Chris Whitty, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, said in March 2020 that wearing a
face mask had almost no effect on reducing the risk of contracting covid-19, and that the
Government did not advise healthy individuals to wear masks. Instead, he suggested that
people should wash their hands for roughly 20 seconds.

78.
Surgical masks are worn to stop respiratory droplets and human debris from the surgeon or
nurse from falling into a wound.

79.
Much of the air we breathe in and out, goes around the side of the mask unless it is very tight
fitting. Loose fitting masks are therefore entirely useless. Tight fitting masks may provide
some filtration protection but the tighter a mask is the greater the risk of serious hypoxia and
hypercapnia developing.

80.
It is sometimes said that masks should be worn to protect the elderly, the sick and those with
serious health problems. It would make far more sense to suggest to such individuals that
they protected themselves from society, if they chose to do so. But they should have the
choice. And there is absolutely no reason to force younger, healthy members of society to
endure lockdowns (which will clearly kill far more people than covid-19), social distancing
(which will create massive psychological problems) or to wear masks (which will do no good
but which will cause physical and mental health problems).

81.
A paper published by Boris Borovoy, Collen Huber and Q.Makeeta investigated all types of
masks and discovered that ‘loose particulate was seen on each type of mask’. They also noted
that ‘tight and loose fibres were seen on each type of mask’ and warned that ‘if even a small
portion of mask fibres is detachable by inspiratory inflow, or if there is debris in mask
manufacture or packaging or handling, then there is the possibility of not only entry of
foreign material to the airways but also entry to deep lung tissue, and potential pathological
consequences of foreign bodies in the lungs’. The authors draw attention to a correlation
between the inhalation of synthetic fibres and various bronchopulmonary diseases such as
asthma, alveolitis, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, fibrosis, spontaneous pneumothorax
and chronic pneumonia. The authors warn that if widespread masking continues, then the
potential for inhaling mask fibres and environmental and biological debris continues on a
daily basis for hundreds of millions of people. This should be alarming for physicians and
epidemiologists knowledgeable in occupational hazards.’ The authors warn that pulmonary
fibrosis, a risk of mask wearing, cannot be cured and has a 5 to 20 year survival rate of only
20%.

82.
A mask worn by a child in school was examined in a laboratory. Tests showed 82 bacterial
colonies and 4 mould colonies growing on the mask.

83.
‘I’m seeing patients that have facial rashes, fungal infections, bacterial infections,’ said Dr
James Meehan. ‘Reports coming from my colleagues all over the world, are suggesting that
the bacterial pneumonias are on the rise. Why might that be? Because untrained members of
the public are wearing medical masks, repeatedly in a non-sterile fashion. They’re becoming
contaminated. They’re pulling them off their car seat, off the rear-view mirror, out of their
pocket, from their countertop, and they’re reapplying a mask that should be worn fresh and
sterile every single time.’ Dr Meehan also reported an incident where one patient wearing a
mask passed out due to low oxygen while at work and fell off a ladder, resulting in serious
physical injuries.

84.
If mask wearing were a science, the rules would be constant – but they are not. It is clear,
therefore, that there is no science behind mask wearing. Citizens are being forced to wear
masks for political reasons.

85.
It is frequently argued that Sweden, which had no lockdown and no mask requirements, has
had a very high death rate. If anyone in the media were interested in the facts they would see
that the average age of Swedish citizens who died was well over 80, and the great majority of
deaths occurred in care homes and nursing homes. The mortality level in Sweden remained
below a bad flu season. The Swedish people now seem to have a high, natural immunity. Fact
checkers around the world might like to look at the Imperial College projections, which were
alarming, and the actual death rate which was not. Other countries which did not make masks
compulsory (such as Japan and some African countries) also had relatively low mortality
rates.

86.
A study by M.Walker in 2020 (MedPage Today 2020 May 20) found that 624 out of 714
people wearing N95 masks left visible gaps when putting on their masks.

87.
N95 respirators (or masks) are made with a 0.3 micron filter. Their name comes from the fact
that 95% of particles having a diameter of 0.3 microns are filtered by the mask.
Unfortunately, coronaviruses are approximately 0.125 microns in diameter. Still, these masks
will certainly prevent snowballs, flies and other objects getting through.

88.
T.Tunevall wrote a paper called, Postoperative wound infections and surgical face masks: a
controlled study which was published in the World Journal Surgery in 1991. The author
found the use of masks in surgery were found to slightly increase incidence of infection over
not masking in a study of 3,088 surgeries. The surgeons’ masks were found to give no
protective effect to the patients.

89.
In the UK, if you don’t wear a mask because you have decided you are exempt – and the
Government says this is a personal choice – the official advice is that you should not
routinely be required to produce any written evidence to justify the fact that you are not
wearing a mask. And although I’m no lawyer, I rather doubt that busy bodies, whoever they
are, have any right to ask you why you have decided that you are exempt. My website
www.vernoncoleman.com includes a link to a section of the Government website which
provides an exemption form which can be printed out and attached to a lanyard.

90.
Nine medical authors from Australia and Vietnam studied cloth face masks and concluded
that cloth masks should not be recommended for health care workers.

91.
A meta-analysis published in May 2016 concluded that masks did not have any useful effect
but that reuse of contaminated masks did transmit infection. Some packs of face masks states
that masks do not protect the wearer from the coronavirus.

92.
There is a risk that viruses may accumulate in the fabric of a mask – thereby increasing the
amount of the virus being inhaled.

93.
Putting a mask on a baby or an unconscious patient is dangerous. The mask may result in the
wearer choking on vomit. In my view, masks on babies could increase the risk of sudden
infant death syndrome. No baby should be forced to wear a mask, and yet there are plenty of
pictures on the internet showing masks on babies. In some parts of the world, children as
young as two are forced to wear masks. Small children are more likely than adults to touch
their masks, thereby rendering them useless. Also, small children are more likely to develop a
weakened immune system if they wear a mask. Making children wear masks is a form of
child abuse.
‘It is extremely dangerous to cover a baby’s mouth and nose and the design of ‘cute’ baby
face coverings that have been brought to our attention look like they would greatly increase
the risk of suffocation. I would strongly advise parents not to use any form of face covering
for their baby,’ said Dr Rebecca Fletcher, chair of Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Child Death
Overview Panel.

94.
Some people claim that face masks give them a sore throat, reports Dr Armando Meza an
infectious disease specialist in Texas. ‘Humidity will let bacteria continue to grow inside the
mask so if you were growing bacteria in that area and you were breathing that inside, you can
potentially get an infection, especially strep or any other bacteria that can cause infection.’

95.
In some countries, quite small children are forced to wear masks on transport and even in
schools. The evidence supports the view that politicians, teachers and parents who force (or
even allow) children to wear masks are guilty of child abuse.

96.
A mask can substantially reduce blood oxygenation – leading to a possible loss of
consciousness. At least one road crash has been blamed on a driver wearing a mask. Police
reported that the driver of a single car crash in New Jersey, U.S. is believed to have passed
out behind the wheel after wearing a mask for too long. Passengers would be wise to avoid
travelling in public service vehicles (buses, coaches, etc.) in which the driver is wearing a
mask.

97.
Surgeons and nurses are trained never to touch any part of a mask except for the nose bridge
and the ear loops. If any part of a mask is touched accidentally then the mask is discarded and
replaced.

98.
Over 2,000 Belgian medical professions have urged that covid-19 be prevented by
strengthening natural immunity. Their recommendations include specifically to exercise in
fresh air without a mask.

99.
A report by Boris Borovoy, Colleen Huber and Maris Crisler reported: ‘Masks have been
shown through overwhelming clinical evidence to have no effect against transmission of viral
pathogens. Penetration of cloth masks by viral particles was almost 97% and of surgical
masks was 44%. Even bacteria, approximately ten times the volume of coronaviruses, have
been poorly impeded by both cloth masks and disposable surgical masks. After 150 minutes
of use, more bacteria were emitted through the disposable mask than from the same subject
unmasked. A paper by these authors entitled, Masks, false safety and real dangers, Part 2:
Microbial challenges from masks is available on the internet and contains a list of 62
scientific journal references showing that masks have no significant preventative impact
against any known pathogenic microbes. These authors conclude, ‘Specifically, regarding
covid-19, we have shown…that mask use is not correlated with lower death rates nor with
lower positive PCR tests.’ The authors add that, ‘Masks have also been demonstrated
historically to contribute to increased infections within the respiratory tract’ and they
conclude that ‘the use of face masks will contribute to far more morbidity and mortality than
has occurred due to covid-19.’

100.
There is much more evidence supporting the fact that masks should not be worn. Over a
dozen scientific papers show clearly that masks are ineffective in preventing the movement of
infective organisms and/or reduce oxygen levels, and expose wearers to increased levels of
carbon dioxide. Over a dozen studies failed to show that wearing a mask provides protection
against infection. In 2011, a meta-analysis of 17 separate studies proved that none of the
research showed masks to be useful in preventing influenza infection. The available medical
evidence proves overwhelmingly that masks do no good in preventing the spread of infection
but do a great deal of harm to those wearing them.


Conclusion

At no previous time in history have large numbers of people been forced to wear masks. 

The long-term physical and psychological consequences are unknown though those ordering that masks be worn are no doubt aware of the extraordinary risks and of the way that masks can be used to oppress and subjugate a population. 

The evidence clearly shows that mask wearing is likely to do no good but a great deal of harm. 

The big lie, which the WHO, governments everywhere and YouTube want to disseminate, is that wearing masks is essential to control covid-19. 

But the medical and scientific evidence (banned by YouTube and most mass media) shows that masks have little or no useful effect but can increase the risk of infection and can make breathing difficult. 

There is little doubt that masks do far more harm than good.

Cloth masks are permeable to 97% of viral particles. 

A study by the University of East Anglia concluded that wearing masks was of no benefit and could increase infection. 

Experts in respiratory disease and infection protection from the University of Illinois have explained
that face masks have no use in everyday life – neither as self-protection nor to protect other
people. 

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that neither fabric masks nor surgical masks can prevent the spread of covid-19 by coughing. 

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine, published in May 2020 concluded that masks offer little
or no protection and that the call for masks to be compulsory was an irrational fear reflex. 

German study showed that masks had no effect on infection rates. 

Dr Fauci, the American covid-19 supremo, expressed real doubts about masks. On May 28th 2020, he admitted masks are little more than symbolic. 

Virtue signalling. 

A meta study on influenza, published in May 2020 by the CDC in America, found that face masks were of no help. 

The available evidence shows clearly that masks do not work but do have the potential to cause a variety of health
problems – including short-term problems such as breathlessness and long-term problems such as brain damage and death. And yet, despite all this, there have been suggestions from various authorities that mask wearing and social distancing will need to be permanent. 

It has also been suggested that masks should be worn in the home. 

The sceptical will find it impossible to avoid the conclusion that there is far more to masks (and compulsory mask
wearing) than meets the eye.


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Post by Milo on 14.11.20 4:26

Dr Fauci's relationship with Donal Trump is weird. Changing his mind about mask wearing is one thing but destroying a president is another.


Here is the quote from Coleman's conclusion inside Tony's post: 
"Dr Fauci, the American covid-19 supremo, expressed real doubts about masks. On May 28th 2020, he admitted masks are little more than symbolic."



So how come he is the loud mouth decrying Trump's approach? And why did Trump say he was going to sack him after the election? (Well maybe Trump said it because he thought he would still be president.)


At least we couldn't see Kamala's sneer when she was masked. Thank God for small mercies.
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Post by AnneBarnard on 14.11.20 9:22

Excellent thread.

I would love to not wear a mask when I go into a supermarket.  But, because I suffer from anxiety and absolutely hate confrontation, I daren't try going in without one.

We (husband and I) go shopping once every week (or two weeks, if we have enough food to last).  That's it.  Since March we haven't visited any shops other than supermarkets.  Since masks were made mandatory we put one on just before entering the supermarket door and, once shopping is complete, we take the masks off as we are exiting the door, and throw them in the bin.

So we are keeping the mask wearing to an absolute minimum.  I often don't tighten the nose part of the mask because, frankly, I find it hard to breathe in them (and stuff anyone who says they aren't uncomfortable to wear!) - the result of this is that my glasses steam up each time I breathe out, but at least breathing is a little easier.

It's not ideal, and I'm not proud of myself for wearing one, but like I said I read so many stories about people being confronted for wearing them that I just am too nervous to try.  I see occasional people not wearing them (or wearing them on their mouth but not their nose, that seems to be popular around here!) and I envy them and wish I had their courage.

I know some people on here will probably berate me for wearing the mask  Sad and say I'm "part of the problem" but really, I don't want to end up getting arrested or something because of it.

What I will not do (and husband is the same) is wear one outside in the open air.  That is plain idiocy and I shake my head whenever I see people walking along the street wearing one, I just want to tell them to "breathe in some bloody fresh air".  

I hope I'm not (in fact I'm sure I can't be) the only one who has this dilemma.

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Post by CaKeLoveR on 14.11.20 9:33

I wear a mask in shops, because I'm not going to risk being thrown out. I need food. But wearing a mask  in the fresh air is idiotic.  I don't mind the hand sanitizer though, there are some most unsavoury looking people around.
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Post by BlueBag on 14.11.20 9:34

@AnneBarnard wrote:I hope I'm not (in fact I'm sure I can't be) the only one who has this dilemma.
I understand totally.

It is very difficult to when faced with all the psychological pressure being applied.
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Post by BlueBag on 14.11.20 11:11

Dr Vernon Coleman deserves massive applause.

I suggest people print that off and carry several copies around.
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Post by Tony Bennett on 14.11.20 11:44

@AnneBarnard wrote:I know some people on here will probably berate me for wearing the mask  Sad and say I'm "part of the problem"... 

I don't think there is a single person on here who would even think this, let alone say it.

If they did, I hope they would be ejected from the forum.

Like you, I hate wearing a mask. As I suffer from moderate asthma, and I find it hard to breathe when wearing a mask, I could easily wear one of those tags showing I'm exempt. But then I would be shopping at the local supermarket along with my neighbours, and they might misunderstand the situation.

There's another reason I must comply with government rules. As a Christian, I must do so.

In the Gospels, we read how the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus Christ by asking "Should we obey God, or Caesar?"

Christ answered:  

 "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's". (Matthew 22 v 21). 

The Apostle Paul also wrote to the early Christian church at Rome:
 
"Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities" (Romans 13 v 1).

So we are taught to be obedient to government rules, even though we may dislike them intensely.

Of course, we can campaign against bad government laws, as did the Christian, William Wilberforce, who helped to make slavery illegal.

Our patron saint, St George, was a lifelong, committed Christian, who served in the Roman army, probably serving for two years at the Roman garrison in York. He obeyed all Roman laws. But then one of the Roman Emperors brought in a law requiring a statue of him to be placed in every town in the Empire and commanded that any person passing the statue must kneel down before it as an act of worship to him. He that he was really a god. When George was seen passing a statue without paying due homage, he was arrested, imprisoned and repeatedly tortured to force him to recant his Christian faith, until two years later he was executed after repeatedly stating he could never renounce Christ [303 AD].

The Cross of St. George of England represents the innocent shed blood of George against a background of white (= purity). He is a worthy saint for England:

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Dr Martin Roberts: "The evidence is that these are the pjyamas Madeleine wore on holiday in Praia da Luz. They were photographed and the photo handed to a press agency, who released it on 8 May, as the search for Madeleine continued. The McCanns held up these same pyjamas at two press conferences on 5 & 7June 2007. How could Madeleine have been abducted?"

Amelie McCann (aged 2): "Maddie's jammies!".  

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Post by sandancer on 14.11.20 11:46

@AnneBarnard wrote:Excellent thread.

I would love to not wear a mask when I go into a supermarket.  But, because I suffer from anxiety and absolutely hate confrontation, I daren't try going in without one.

We (husband and I) go shopping once every week (or two weeks, if we have enough food to last).  That's it.  Since March we haven't visited any shops other than supermarkets.  Since masks were made mandatory we put one on just before entering the supermarket door and, once shopping is complete, we take the masks off as we are exiting the door, and throw them in the bin.

So we are keeping the mask wearing to an absolute minimum.  I often don't tighten the nose part of the mask because, frankly, I find it hard to breathe in them (and stuff anyone who says they aren't uncomfortable to wear!) - the result of this is that my glasses steam up each time I breathe out, but at least breathing is a little easier.

It's not ideal, and I'm not proud of myself for wearing one, but like I said I read so many stories about people being confronted for wearing them that I just am too nervous to try.  I see occasional people not wearing them (or wearing them on their mouth but not their nose, that seems to be popular around here!) and I envy them and wish I had their courage.

I know some people on here will probably berate me for wearing the mask  Sad and say I'm "part of the problem" but really, I don't want to end up getting arrested or something because of it.

What I will not do (and husband is the same) is wear one outside in the open air.  That is plain idiocy and I shake my head whenever I see people walking along the street wearing one, I just want to tell them to "breathe in some bloody fresh air".  

I hope I'm not (in fact I'm sure I can't be) the only one who has this dilemma.


Don't worry Anne , you are not alone . When the wearing of face coverings was brought out on public transport I did try with a light scarf the 10 minute bus journey had my glasses steamed up , and my breathing was now panting , I discovered public transport exemption card which I put on my phone , since then I found the government regulations website and downloaded a card from there . It also states 
" Those who have an age , health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to provide any written evidence of this , written evidence includes exemption cards " 
This is because of the Equality Act 2010 which means no one can discriminate against people with disabilities , seen or unseen after all no one would ask a person with a guide dog to prove they were blind ! 

Carrying a card on my phone always made me worry about dropping the phone ( being a bit cack handed ) so I now have a Sunflower lanyard and exemption card which I wear ,. https://hiddendisabilities.shop.com 55p each plus postage . 
All shops and transport are aware and accept these as they must do under the above act . I have never been questioned , given disapproving looks or anything and feel totally confident . 

I'm in full agreement with you , why wear a mask outside , fresh air is there to breathe boost your immune system , which is why we have one ! 
Spread the smile epidemic , they are free and very infectious  big grin

Love and light to you and your husband xxx

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Post by crusader on 14.11.20 12:56

I know exactly how you feel @AnneBarnard I too suffer from anxiety. I sent for a lanyard from ebay and wear it every time I go out. At first I was very anxious and nervous of being confronted, but nobody batted an eyelid. I am never asked why I'm not wearing a mask. I'm going to send for the sunflower one as well. Wearing a mask would make me very anxious even for a 2 minutes.
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Post by AnneBarnard on 14.11.20 16:21

@Tony Bennett wrote:
@AnneBarnard wrote:I know some people on here will probably berate me for wearing the mask  Sad and say I'm "part of the problem"... 

I don't think there is a single person on here who would even think this, let alone say it.

If they did, I hope they would be ejected from the forum.

Thanks all for your replies - and apologies if my above quote came across wrong, I should have said "Maybe some people on here might berate me" - I absolutely wasn't meaning anyone in particular.  Just thinking aloud that as people know how wrong it is to wear masks, they'd think I was just as bad for not standing up to it more.

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