The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a report on 21 May 2020 stating:
We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.
Yes, please read the above again. Significant exposure to COVID-19 is defined as coming into contact with a symptomatic patient and having face-to-face contact within a distance of 6 feet for several minutes, or more likely ten to thirty minutes.
The NEJM article was written for healthcare professionals to provide a better understanding of how health care workers should protect themselves from spreading coronavirus among themselves and to patients. It states that mask-wearing alone will not suffice in a health setting – it must be “accompanied by meticulous hand hygiene, eye protection, gloves, and a gown.” These practices are intended for healthcare workers who by their very job description will be in close (within six feet) and prolonged contact with possibly asymptomatic or symptomatic patients.
The World Health Organization(WHO) stated on 30 March, 2020:
“Who should wear a mask?”
“Those who are sick. WHO officials recommended those infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus to wear masks to prevent spreading it to someone else.”
Those who are home caregivers for those who are sick.
Those who are frontline healthcare workers.https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/who-should-wear-a-face-mask-30-march-who-briefing/
WHO officials said “that the agency does not criticize countries who advise wearing masks. But at the same time, the agency was quick to stress that masks are commonly misused, and as a result, won’t offer the intended protections.”
For instance, wearing a mask can provide a false sense of security, say experts, leading some to become less vigilant in more important hygiene measures, such as hand washing. Additionally, removing a mask so it no longer covers your nose, or touching the outside of the mask can make it less effective.
Importantly, WHO officials reminded “that coronavirus is spread by droplets and not airborne transmission.”
Is making you wear a mask really a health measure or a means of mandating conformity and obedience?