NASA's Director of its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Dr. Gavin Schmidt smeared scientific dissenters of man-made climate change claims on September 12, 2020: "A reminder (if one was needed) that most climate deniers are sociopaths," Schmidt wrote about Climate Depot's Marc Morano. Dictionary.com defines a "sociopath" as "a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience."
"There is no ‘mode of discourse’ that will make Morano suddenly stop being an awful person who is (well) paid to try to prevent any efforts to reduce fossil fuel use by fair means or foul. So, might as well call it as one sees it," Schmidt added. Schmidt has a long history of political and policy activism at NASA.
Ritter et al., in 1975, found that “the wearing of a surgical face mask had no effect upon the overall operating room environmental contamination.”
Ha’eri and Wiley, in 1980, applied human albumin microspheres to the interior of surgical masks in 20 operations. At the end of each operation, wound washings were examined under the microscope. “Particle contamination of the wound was demonstrated in all experiments.”
Laslett and Sabin, in 1989, found that caps and masks were not necessary during cardiac catheterization. “No infections were found in any patient, regardless of whether a cap or mask was used,” they wrote. Sjøl and Kelbaek came to the same conclusion in 2002.
A review by Skinner and Sutton in 2001 concluded that “The evidence for discontinuing the use of surgical face masks would appear to be stronger than the evidence available to support their continued use.”
Lahme et al., in 2001, wrote that “surgical face masks worn by patients during regional anaesthesia, did not reduce the concentration of airborne bacteria over the operation field in our study. Thus they are dispensable.”
Dr. Briggs: "We might as well have a tinfoil hat mandate to protect from aliens. It would, at this point, be just as useful."
"This moral panic is like Prohibition. This time not against alcohol, but against breath. Three-quarters of Americans falsely believe death is lurking in people’s breath."
"The AP, like our dear leaders, uses the term “cases” as if they were cases, i.e. illness requiring treatment. When what these foolish people mean is infections, symptomatic or not, past or present. It is medical malpractice to mix the two up."
"As said, it is probably not worth looking at the evidence of mask usefulness. People’s minds are made up."
"Forcing masks on people in “passing encounters in public spaces” has no medical justification. None."
2006 study on viruses lockdowns, social distancing & masks:
On masks: "But studies have shown the ordinary surgical mask does little to prevent inhalation of small droplets bearing influenza virus. The pores in the mask become blocked by moisture from breathing, and the air stream simply diverts around the mask."
The final paragraph begins: "Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted."
On "Prohibition of Social Gatherings": "During [flu] epidemics, public events with an expected large attendance have sometimes been cancelled... There are, however, no certain indications these actions have had any definitive effect on the severity or duration of an epidemic."
"But a policy calling for communitywide cancellation of public events seems inadvisable."
A 2015 study on masks of 1600 health-care workers showed those wearing masks were 6 times as likely to have flu-like illnesses as those in the control group after 4 weeks..." - The conclusion: "This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks... moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks, and poor filtration may result in an increased risk of infection."