If there’s one thing I’m certain of when it comes to the science of wearing a mask, it isn’t settled. Could it be beneficial? Yes.
For instance, if I were walking through the COVID ward of a hospital, would I wear one? Yeah.
But if I’m running into Walmart do I think I need to wear one? Not exactly.
Now, for those who believe wearing a mask helps protect others, I get that. I honestly do. And there is nothing wrong with you thinking you are doing something to protect others.
You do you.
But I wanted to highlight a Danish study that was released on Wednesday. The study was conducted in April and May and featured 6,024 adults.
It was simple — one group wore masks, and the other was the control group.
One month passed. And, 1.8 percent of people wearing masks had been infected. The control group saw 2.1 percent test positive, according to a Copenhagen University Hospital press release.
According to Reuters, the press release said:
“The study does not confirm the expected halving of the risk of infection for people wearing face masks. The results could indicate a more moderate degree of protection of 15-20%, however, the study could not rule out that face masks do not provide any protection.”
If you’re curious, the New York Times wrote about this study.
“Study questions whether masks protect wearers. You need to wear them anyway.”
Wow. So do not think for yourself. Do not rely on your instinct. Don’t do your own research. Just do what you’re told.