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  1. Annals of Internal Medicine: “Therefore, evidence for mask use versus nonuse and comparing masks types in health care settings remained insufficient”
  2. 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”
  3. `Cochrane Library: “There is moderate certainty evidence that wearing a mask probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of laboratory‐confirmed influenza compared to not wearing a mask”
  4. “In intention-to-treat analysis, facemask use was neither effective against laboratory-confirmed vRTIs, nor against CRI, not even in per-protocol analysis.”
  5. “However, overall there is a lack of substantial evidence to support claims that facemasks protect either patient or surgeon from infectious contamination.”
  6. “No evidence was identified that examined a potential role for surgical face masks in protecting staff from infectious material encountered in the operating room.”
  7. 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.”
  8. Covid advisor “”What we’re worried about is people getting exposed and getting infected while thinking they were actually doing something to protect themselves,”
  9. “Making pre-school children wear masks is bad public health”
  10. “the difficulties associated with the mask’s use are significantly pronounced in children aged between 3 and 5 years old.”
  11. “Use of face masks is not recommended in schools in Norway.”
  12. “The main insight of the present research is that face masks’ use influences emotion inference from faces for all ages and especially for toddlers.”


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