Masks DO NOT Protect Anyone – Even In Operating Rooms!
Dear Benjamin Fulford,
“As a person who went to medical school, I was shocked when I read Neil Orr’s study, published in 1981 in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Dr. Orr was a surgeon in the Severalls Surgical Unit in Colchester. And for six months, from March through August 1980, the surgeons and staff in that unit decided to see what would happen if they did not wear masks during surgeries.
They wore no masks for six months and compared the rate of surgical wound infections from March through August 1980 with the rate of wound infections from March through August of the previous four years.
And they discovered, to their amazement, that when nobody wore masks during surgeries, the rate of wound infections was less than half what it was when everyone wore masks.
Their conclusion: ‘It would appear that minimum contamination can best be achieved by not wearing a mask at all’ and that wearing a mask during surgery ‘is a standard procedure that could be abandoned.’
I was so amazed that I scoured the medical literature, sure that this was a fluke, and that newer studies must show the utility of masks in preventing the spread of disease.
But to my surprise the medical literature for the past forty-five years has been consistent: masks are useless in preventing the spread of disease and, if anything, are unsanitary objects that themselves spread bacteria and viruses.
- Ritter et al., in 1975, found that ‘the wearing of a surgical face mask had no effect upon the overall operating room environmental contamination.’
- Ha’eri and Wiley, in 1980, applied human albumin microspheres to the interior of surgical masks in 20 operations. At the end of each operation, wound washings were examined under the microscope. ‘Particle contamination of the wound was demonstrated in all experiments.’
- Laslett and Sabin, in 1989, found that caps and masks were not necessary during cardiac catheterization. ‘No infections were found in any patient, regardless of whether a cap or mask was used,’ they wrote. Sjøl and Kelbaek came to the same conclusion in 2002.
- In Tunevall’s 1991 study, a general surgical team wore no masks in half of their surgeries for two years. After 1,537 operations performed with masks, the wound infection rate was 4.7%, while after 1,551 operations performed without masks, the wound infection rate was only 3.5%.
- A review by Skinner and Sutton in 2001 concluded that ‘The evidence for discontinuing the use of surgical face masks would appear to be stronger than the evidence available to support their continued use.’
- Lahme et al., in 2001, wrote that ‘surgical face masks worn by patients during regional anesthesia, did not reduce the concentration of airborne bacteria over the operation field in our study. Thus they are dispensable.’
- Figueiredo et al., in 2001, reported that in five years of doing peritoneal dialysis without masks, rates of peritonitis in their unit were no different than rates in hospitals where masks were worn.
- Bahli did a systematic literature review in 2009 and found that ‘no significant difference in the incidence of postoperative wound infection was observed between masks groups and groups operated with no masks.’
- Surgeons at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, recognizing the lack of evidence supporting the use of masks, ceased requiring them in 2010 for anesthesiologists and other non-scrubbed personnel in the operating room. ‘Our decision to no longer require routine surgical masks for personnel not scrubbed for surgery is a departure from common practice. But the evidence to support this practice does not exist,’ wrote Dr. Eva Sellden.
- Webster et al., in 2010, reported on obstetric, gynecological, general, orthopedic, breast, and urological surgeries performed on 827 patients. All non-scrubbed staff wore masks in half the surgeries, and none of the non-scrubbed staff wore masks in half the surgeries.
- Lipp and Edwards reviewed the surgical literature in 2014 and found ‘no statistically significant difference in infection rates between the masked and unmasked group in any of the trials.’ Vincent and Edwards updated this review in 2016 and the conclusion was the same.
- Carøe, in a 2014 review based on four studies and 6,006 patients, wrote that ‘none of the four studies found a difference in the number of post-operative infections whether you used a surgical mask or not.’
- Salassa and Swiontkowski, in 2014, investigated the necessity of scrubs, masks, and head coverings in the operating room and concluded that ‘there is no evidence that these measures reduce the prevalence of surgical site infection.’
- Da Zhou et al., reviewing the literature in 2015, concluded that ‘there is a lack of substantial evidence to support claims that face masks protect either patient or surgeon from infectious contamination.
‘Schools in China are now prohibiting students from wearing masks while exercising. Why? Because it was killing them. It was depriving them of oxygen and it was killing them. At least three children died during Physical Education classes — two of them while running on their school’s track while wearing a mask. And a 26-year-old man suffered a collapsed lung after running two and a half miles while wearing a mask. Mandating masks has not kept death rates down anywhere. The 20 U.S. states that have never ordered people to wear face masks indoors and out have dramatically lower COVID-19 death rates than the 30 states that have
mandated masks. Most of the no-mask states have COVID-19 death rates below 20 per 100,000 population, and none have a death rate higher than 55.
All 13 states that have death rates higher than 55 are states that have required the wearing of masks in all public places. It has not protected them.
‘We are living in an atmosphere of permanent illness, of meaningless separation,’ writes Benjamin Cherry in the Summer 2020 issue of New View magazine. A separation that is destroying lives, souls, and nature.”
Ben, This is directed to you. This doctor who ever they are I know are 100% full of crap. I worked full time as a registered and licensed Respiratory Therapist in hospitals for 25 years. I know more about my area of expertise than the average Medical doctor by far. I worked frequently in Thoracic with one of the 1st heart transplant surgeons in the world who started out at The University of Michigan who they fired later on because of his extreme arrogance. I worked with him at the VA Hospital after that. He was very smart and their… Read more »
Ben, it would help if you edited with at least a one word explanation… That is… When erasing our comments, please at least leave some hint. I sometimes speak openly against people who are in my opinion, in need of a rhetorical challenge. Is that not the whole point of free speech ? Argue, discuss, and reason our way out of mono-opinion-based ignorance… Discourse can and should be difficult…
It makes me so angry to see all these people wearing masks. Even after the statistics which show that this virus doesn’t even exist, these people are brainwashed!
You also CAN NOT CATCH A VIRUS! The whole germ theory is a lie. Viruses are your body’s immune system, clean up crew from toxic buildup from not eating, sleeping or handling stress. I see the mask wearers unfortunately building up toxins, so by fall/winter they’re all going to be sick. I haven’t worn one yet! You couldn’t pay me to put a satanic diaper on my face!
Absolutely so. Taught this for over 20+ years. The lack of common is palpable!!!
Wear the useless mask and believe in your government because “we’re all in this together.”
Keep telling people that as long as they believe it , and then when the bug has run its natural course and lost all its killing power announce a” cure” to a grateful citizenry.
That is the plan as I see it.
I personally would like to see an end to mask wearing requirements in public but think it would be fine to make it optional for those people who are afraid now not to wear a mask. I don’t believe wearing a mask is bad for your health unless you are exercising or have lung disease. I also notice feeling short of breath wearing a mask but taking some deep breaths can over come that in my opinion. I don’t know about this article don’t understand non scrubbed vs scrubbed thing (haven’t worked in OR). As far as bacteria in wounds… Read more »
Very interesting, thank you for gathering all the studies together!
All this mask-wearing crap can be stopped if we take over the news. Ben keeps suggesting Trump use the military. Why hasn’t he? Must be in on it.
I don’t blindly trust anyone but I believe trying to fix so many areas at once must be very over whelming too.
It’s a tough world