Here in Greensboro, the Cone Health hospital system is requiring its staff to resume using masks.
But these hospital systems are profoundly ignorant. We had previously reported here that the highly regarded Cochrane organization had completed a review of the scientific literature and concluded that masks– as were commonly used during the pandemic– do not reliably prevent transmission. While it it possible that certain types of high-level masks–properly fitted– can be of help, these are not what the vast majority of people have been using; and are not what has been required.
An article in the American Journal of Medicine revealed that the CDC relied upon bad data when it began pushing mask mandates during the pandemic. (HT: AAPS)
Clearly, the hospital systems are in error. What compounds this error is the fact that the respiratory pathogens currently circulating are not so severe that they might justify widespread masking requirements.
Ignorance is contagious. But these hospital systems are supposed to be really smart. Assuredly, they are not. They place awful burdens on staff and visitors in pursuit of a holy grail that does not exist.