To Mask or Not to Mask?
They acquit the asymptomatic who might spread "WuFlu" and comfort those who fear it. They may be nothing more than a pocket full of posies, as discussed by Drs. Brosseau and Sietsema, but aren't their psychological effects beneficial? What if masks do worse than nothing?
At the beginning of the WuFlu, the CDC recommended against masks. The CDC now claims that based on recent research, certain types of respirators are effective against SARS-CoV-2. The CDC cites decades-old research concerning asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, but it fails to cite any direct research on the effectiveness of masks at reducing viral transmission. Instead, the CDC and WHO assume that masks block the droplets emitted by coughing and sneezing, and they probably do.