For the record, I was appropriately responding to a personal attack that I believe a bunch of “nonsense,” a gratuitous, off-topic insult that presumably referred back to my views on Covid mask mandates. I have no political agenda. I just review the facts available and make my own assessment. The idea that mask mandates don’t work is not an extreme or outlier view, and it is not “nonsense.” It reminds me of smug Californians talking about social justice when Skid Row.
As Dr. Shira Doron, an epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, puts it, “It is simultaneously true that masks work and mask mandates do not work.”
Four COVID experts say it’s time to accept reality: Vaccines work, mask mandates don’t
“At this stage of the pandemic, Dr. Jeanne Noble, an emergency care physician and director of COVID-19 response at UCSF, said mandates are counterproductive.” “COVID is endemic and will continue to ebb and flow with or without mandates. As the entire population acquires natural or hybrid immunity, the peaks will become less and less noteworthy, a process which is already well underway,” she told Healthline.
“Most well-done studies evaluating mask mandates do not show an association between mask mandates and the containment of spread or hospitalizations,” said [Dr. Monica Gandhi of UCSF.
Masks work - mask mandates do not work at this stage in the pandemic – according to some medical experts.
The head of epidemiology at UC Berkeley, Dr. Arthur Reingold, said, “People often wear poor-quality masks, number one, and perhaps even more important they don’t wear the mask correctly.” Dr Reingold said. “I’ve sat in airports the last few months and watch people walk by with masks over their chins, many more with masks over their mouth, but not covering their nose… it’s not surprising that in the real world, masks don’t work as well as they do in the laboratory. I don’t think we’re prepared to enforce mask mandates in a way that makes mandates effective.”