Michael Crichton in his book State of Fear had this to say about the precautionary principle:
The “precautionary principle,” properly applied, forbids the precautionary principle. It is self-contradictory. The precautionary principle therefore cannot be spoken of in terms that are too harsh.
I refer to an article in the British Medical Journal about wearing face masks by Trisha Greenhalgh and colleagues published on April 9 in which they argued as follows:
The precautionary principle is, according to Wikipedia, “a strategy for approaching issues of potential harm when extensive scientific knowledge on the matter is lacking.” The evidence base on the efficacy and acceptability of the different types of face mask in preventing respiratory infections during epidemics is sparse and contested. But covid-19 is a serious illness that currently has no known treatment or vaccine and is spreading in an immune naive population. Deaths are rising steeply, and health systems are under strain.
A couple of comments before reviewing a response printed in a later issue.
- We do not have enough reliable information to state that “covid-19” is a serious illness. It does not have unique symptoms. The supposed virus causing the illness has never been isolated, filtered and purified. Hence the test used, RT-PCR is a black box. We do not know what that test is looking for, and also know that Chinese mathematicians published a paper stating that asymptomatic people are likely to produce a false positive four times out of five. (Keep in mind that Tanzania’s President John Magufuli submitted samples given human names for RT-PCR testing that were really a sheep, a goat and a pawpaw, and all came back positive. It was a beautiful sendup.)
- Covid-19, like the 2003 SARS virus, itself never isolated, filtered and purified, is probably not new or unique, the the symptoms it produces seem to dovetail nicely with a normal cold and flu season.
- Deaths are not rising steeply, at least we cannot know that because we cannot accurately test for the virus, and know the the American Centers for Disease Control, a private corporation, has ordered widespread reclassification of deaths from many other causes as being from Covid-19.
- Health systems are not under strain. They are laying off people. Skeptical citizens visiting hospitals all over the US found them empty, with dancing nurses and ambulance drivers playing video games.
In other words, every single statement in the opening paragraph of the Greenhalgh and colleagues piece is false.
Let’s set all of that aside, and take the article at face. They are saying that even though we do not know anything about the efficacy of wearing face masks to prevent spread of an illusory and unquantifiable disease, the precautionary principle says “go for it.”
I am with Michael Crichton. The precautionary principle, which might also say we should spend trillions now in the face of say, a comet that might approach the earth in 20 years, is nothing but folly and foolishness. We are an adaptable species, and when faced with a real emergency, will respond. If people were not wearing face masks, what would be different? People would be less afraid. That’s all.
I should not talk, however, as I do not believe in SARS-Cov-2, the virus that supposedly causes Covid-19. I do not believe in Covid-19, as it is much too much like ordinary cold and flu to be unique, dangerous, and worthy of shutting down the world. I do not and will not wear a face mask. I think that despite their suggested medical purpose, they have a real ones having nothing to do with public health: 1) Face masks have suggestive power that indicates to people that there really is a dangerous virus when there is not. 2) Face masks intensify the fear that low-information people are feeling due to listening to newscasts and heeding authority figures. It is psychological manipulation, social engineering.
But set all that aside. I wanted to review the reasons given by Antonio I Lazzarino et al in the April 20 issue of the British Medical Journal in response to Greenhalgh and colleagues. Keep in mind that this response is fully in line with post-Pasteur germ theory medicine, or it would not be printed. Large grains of salt, perhaps the salt blocks they feed to cattle, should accompany your reading.
- Inappropriate use of face mask: people must not touch their masks, must change their single-use masks frequently or wash them regularly, dispose them correctly and adopt other management measures, otherwise their risks and those of others may increase.
- The quality and the volume of speech between two people wearing masks is considerably compromised and they may unconsciously come closer.
- Wearing a face mask makes the exhaled air go into the eyes. This generates an uncomfortable feeling and an impulse to touch your eyes. If your hands are contaminated, you are infecting yourself.
- Face masks make breathing more difficult.
- Face masks become contaminated after a short period of wear.
- The body’s natural immunity response to invasion by a foreign pathogen is impeded by face masks. The supposed virus can stay active longer (keep in mind it is not even alive) in the presence of spit, which tends to be in masks in copious quantities.
In other words, face masks are unnecessary, ineffective, and perhaps even worsen the risk of infection. That is, if there was a real risk.
For this reason, don’t wear a face mask, ever. Dr. Tim O’Shea, who linked me to the BMJ articles, offers a Facemask Exemption Form, which unfortunately would have to be signed by a doctor. For myself, if approached by anyone demanding I don the symbol of ignorance, I will tell them that I suffer from hypercapnia, or a buildup of excess CO2 in the blood. Who’s going to challenge an illness they’ve never heard of? I strongly urge you memorize the term.
I fear face masks are now a permanent part of life. I suspect that the medical Nazis who are running our lives, instituting rules for businesses that are nothing short of moronic and insulting to our intelligence, have power boners. They will dig in deeper in the coming months. It is the new normal, they say. The high rate of compliance I see around me is deeply discouraging. It is not a good showing for humanity.