From Jeff Childers

Another new peer-reviewed study dropped April 19th in the Cureus Journal titled, “Correlation Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe.” It’s not good. It’s actually quite bad.

Using data from 35 countries and 602 million people, the peer-reviewed study cautions that the use of face masks “may have harmful unintended consequences.” You don’t say.

First, the researchers confirmed a lack of any evidence of efficacy between mask use and infections. “Positive correlation between mask usage and cases was not statistically significant,” the study said.

But, chillingly, it also found that “the correlation between mask usage and deaths was positive and significant (rho = 0.351, p = 0.039).” In other words, the more folks used masks, the higher the death rate went. They tried a variety of different statistical methods but they all showed the same positive correlation between masking and death rates: “none of these [different statistical] tests provided negative correlations between mask usage and cases/deaths.”

Now, punters will argue that this study only shows CORRELATION and not CAUSATION. But please, don’t make me laugh. You can’t say it is possible that higher death rates cause more masking. People would have to know what the death rates were and we don’t know those until well after the fact, and a LOT of people aren’t paying attention anyway. I suppose it is possible there could be some invisible, unidentified third cause but you can say that about anything.

I suppose the third factor could be mental illness, but nobody wants to hear that.

Anyway, what we CAN say is there is NO correlation between lower infections and masks, and NO correlation between lower death rates and masking. So what good are they? But there IS a correlation between higher deaths rates and mask use. So there is a good possibility that mask lovers are only hurting themselves, while on the other hand, masks clearly aren’t helping anything.

How many studies do people need to see in order to start FOLLOWING THE SCIENCE? Or aren’t we doing that anymore? Is it okay to “deny the science” now?