Our good friend and colleague Josh Stevenson (@IfIHadAStick) has been doing some incredible work. Recently, he regurgitated a decent list of studies about masks. If anyone asks you the evidence on why masks don’t work – here’s another resource for you!
Annals of Internal Medicine: “The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates” https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817
Southern Medical Journal: “There was no reduction in per-population daily mortality, hospital bed, ICU bed, or ventilator occupancy of COVID-19-positive patients attributable to the implementation of a mask-wearing mandate.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8395971/