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COVID-19 Face Masks are Modern Day Talismans of Liberal Scientism

As regular readers know, I have written many posts about the hilariously ineffectual and visibly incompetent response of western governments to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing in that general direction, let us talk about another stupid intervention cooked up by all the credentialed dummies advising morons occupying elected office in these allegedly developed countries. Yes.. I am talking about the enthusiasm displayed by many countries in recent months to make people wear face masks that are incapable of stopping viral transmission. But as you will soon see, my issues with making people wearing ordinary face masks are about much more than them being generally ineffective at preventing infection by airborne viruses.

So let us start by talking about the efficacy of various types of face masks at preventing viral infections. Long story short.. only masks rated N95 or higher have been shown to reduce the transmission of viruses. And there is a very good reason for why that is the case. It comes down to the maximum size of particles which can pass through them. N95 or better masks can reliably filter out particles that are in size range of common larger viruses. Your normal surgical mask or cloth face mask cannot stop particles in the size range of most bacteria and viruses. At best, they are effective at reducing formation of aerosols created by wearer when speaking or breathing.

Remember that surgeons wear surgical masks to reduce the chance of bacteria from their nose and mouth from ending up on open wounds or during procedures. All of this is another way of saying that normal cloth face masks and surgical masks are basically useless at filtering out particles in size range of respiratory viruses. Sure they might reduce the size of inoculum by trapping larger droplets and aerosols, but let us not pretend that they do much for viruses such as influenza, rhinoviruses or COVID-19. Now some of you might say.. “isn’t a bit of protection better than no protection?”. Well.. sure, but only as long as you are being honest about their limited effectiveness. Pretending they are far more effective than they are is malpractice.

So why are LIEbrals, especially those found on social media site such as Twitter, Reddit etc so enthusiastic about forcing people to wear ineffectual face masks? To understand this, you have first accept that LIEbrals are as stupid as their CONservative equivalents. They just happen to believe in different religions. See.. while CONservatives believe in traditional religion with all its trappings, LIEbrals believe in the church of Scientism. So instead of blindly believing in the word of priests in white garb, LIEbrals choose to blindly believe the words of “credentialed” dummies who represent the church of Scientism. It is about blind faith, not rational and critical belief.

The LIEbral obsession with making people wear ineffective facemasks is better understood when you understand what they represent to believers in the church of Scientism. To make another long story short, ineffective facemasks promoted by the priests of Scientism are best seen as Talismans. In case you don’t want to click on the link, a talisman is an object that someone believes holds magical properties that provide particular power, energy, and specific benefits to the possessor. Note that Talismans or ‘good luck charms’ have a long history of use in pre-modern medicine and the cynical might say, even modern medicine. Some of you might say.. “but what is the harm of letting people believe in such bullshit if it makes them feel better?” Don’t many people keep their own lucky shirts, coats, dresses, shoes, baseball caps etc?

Well.. here is why. If you promote something as a highly effective for prevention of COVID-19 infection, people might actually believe you in the beginning. But what happens after it becomes increasingly obvious that normal face masks are almost ineffective at preventing COVID-19 or Influenza? While devout believers in church of Scientism might continue to believe in ordinary face masks irrespective of evidence, others won’t be so ideologically invested. Another long story short.. the loss of credibility caused by failure of such face masks will blow back on those most involved in promoting them and destroy whatever residual credibility they might still command.

If you thought people weren’t believing in the pronouncements of attention-hungry losers such as Fauci etc and institutions such as CDC and FDA now, imagine how bad things could get once it becomes once it is obvious that these face masks don’t work. To reiterate, while N95 and better face masks work quite well, the cloth and surgical ones promoted by western governments barely work.. if at all. Pretending that they do won’t change reality.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. noname768
    September 29, 2020 at 6:55 am

    “… imagine how bad things could get once it becomes once it is obvious that these face masks don’t work.”

    Imagine how pissed off the US sheeple got and overthrew their government right after 9/11.

    Remember the early days of the internet when there was practically no censorship and some very “inconvenient” analysis and documentaries were very easy to find?

    No wonder as soon as the people found out that 3 buildings fell when only 2 were hit by airplanes, they went for the most brutal form of revolution and dragged most of the top officials straight to the guillotine.

    I can only imagine how much more vicious this time they’ll be, because certainly they’re much more awaken today than they were 20 years ago.

  2. Wilson
    September 29, 2020 at 7:30 am

    We don’t have much more capability to supply n95s than a stone-age tribe so magic is all we’ve got to hold together the socioeconomic order. If people stop believing in the masks they will go looking for a miracle treatment

  3. doldrom
    September 29, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Actually, the face masks are worse than ineffective. People feel protected and relent on physical distance and other measures, they’re already doing enough. There are also a lot of hygiene issues with reuse, bacterial load, touching, improper use and reuse; so worse than useless, especially for those most at risk (weak immune systems).

    I see all the NPI measures more as a sacrifice to appease the Covid gods than as a talisman. If we just sacrifice enough, things will relent. Really, we can’t sacrifice enough. Those that are not pitching in to the sacrificing are anger the Covid gods and rendering the sacrifice of the rest useless.

  4. doldrom
    September 29, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Randomized clinical trials have not shown the effectiveness of surgical masks in operating theatres. This is the best possible situation, with highly disciplined and protocolized behavior. Many attempts have been made, but the arm with N95 masks show more infections than the arm without. Doesn’t makes sense. But science is in the first place deference to facts, even if doesn’t lead to a good theory.
    Where am I getting this? Why, the CDC site.

  5. ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΣ ΘΕΟΧΑΡΙΔΗΣ
    September 30, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Common masks do not stop viruses and bacteria.

    But it does not matter whether or not they stop the size of bacteria and viruses. They are not transmitted autonomously, they are transmitted in droplets.

    The droplets are larger in size … and common masks block them quite a bit.

    • doldrom
      September 30, 2020 at 9:31 am

      Yes, but is there any evidence that there is ultimately less transmission and less mortality?
      Will it “contain” and eradicate an endemic virus?
      Why don’t we use it every year against influenza?

    • ...advocatus diaboli is gay...
      October 1, 2020 at 10:43 pm

      …advocatus diaboli is gay…

      • Gavin McInnes
        October 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm

        Gavin from the Proud Goys here,

        Glad you are one of us AD, well, you are a hindu muffin and we are white.

        I feel soooo awful, da Trumpster was, erm, a bit drunk (and you cucks think he doesn’t drink.) And Boi’s will be boise, open mouth kissing, it wasn’t that Hop cunt after all, it was us the proud boys…

  6. MikeCA
    October 1, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Oh come on. This is obviously just Russian disinformation and propaganda.

    Of course masks don’t stop virus, but it is now believed that Covid-19 is mainly spread through droplets. Cloth masks vary a lot. They are more effective against larger droplets than small. Once you can get people to wear masks, we can work on wearing better masks.

    If cloth and surgical masks are so effective, why use N95 and better masks? Cloth and surgical masks are OK for stopping large droplets.. so above 5-10 microM. However aerosols generated by the human body come in a wide range of sizes- from visible droplets to sub-micron sized stuff. That is why you require N95 or better face masks for viruses such as Influenza or COVID-19. This is more important for viruses, than most bacteria, since the innoculum size of former can often be as small as a few virions.

    You seriously expect us to still believe you are an Indian working in the pharmaceutical industry and you wrote this garage? Give it up. The gig is long over.

    I don’t care what you think. FYI- my undergrad degree is in Microbiology.

    • ...advocatus diaboli is gay...
      October 1, 2020 at 10:44 pm

      • Plaque Doctor
        October 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm

        oh lala,

        looks like Trumptard got covid getting oral from that hope sucks dicks cunt, good thing me and el diablo only get things put in our butts so we can wear masks during sexy time! If only the trumptard wore his mask whilst getting serviced, oh well…

        I am soooo glad advocates dibble is gay, maybe he can have the buttocks with me and jack donovan once he gets his honorary white guy paperwork from steve sailer…

      • MikeCaCa
        October 2, 2020 at 1:56 pm

        happy happy joi joi

  7. doldrom
    October 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    The extended rehashing of adolescent transgression and acting out … getting tiresome.

    • MikeCa
      October 2, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      almost as tiresome as Advocates Diaboli’s “intellectual” dishonesty….

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