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Annals of Internal Medicine: “Therefore, evidence for mask use versus nonuse and comparing masks types in health care settings remained insufficient” https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/L20-1292 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 `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” https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006207.pub5/full “In intention-to-treat analysis, facemask use was neither effective against laboratory-confirmed vRTIs, nor against CRI, not even in per-protocol analysis.” https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3349234 “However, overall there is a lack of substantial evidence to support claims that facemasks protect either patient or surgeon from infectious contamination.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4480558/ “No evidence was identified that examined a potential role for surgical face masks in protecting staff from infectious material encountered in the operating room.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK195765/ 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/ Covid advisor “”What we’re worried about is people getting exposed and getting infected while thinking they were actually doing something to protect themselves,” https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/11/confronting-notion-face-masks-reduce-covid-dose “Making pre-school children wear masks is bad public health” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666535221001221# “the difficulties associated with the mask’s use are significantly pronounced in children aged between 3 and 5 years old.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34591895/ “Use of face masks is not recommended in schools in Norway.” https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.26.1.2002011 “The main insight of the present research is that face masks’ use influences emotion inference from faces for all ages and especially for toddlers.” https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669432/full
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