Category Archives: Science

MASKS DON’T WORK!!! (Links that show they do.)

MASKS DON’T WORK!!! (Links that show they do.)

More bookmarked links. again, I’ll try to be organized, but that’s not easy for me!

One of my favorite links on why this isn’t true, because it’s a video for anti-vaxers who don’t read: https://youtu.be/eAdanPfQdCA

An article outlining much of the same: https://www.wired.com/story/the-physics-of-the-n95-face-mask/

h/t to Leo Lam: https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/epa-researchers-test-effectiveness-face-masks-disinfection-methods-against-covid-19

Face masks for children do more good than harm: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx

The CDC on masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/masking-science-sars-cov2.html

Masks don’t block oxygen: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/n95-face-mask-limit-breathe-oxygen/

A few from Dr. Ian MacKay’s Twitter thread on masks before Twitter gets exploded…

N-95s and air filtration: https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/226/2/199/6582941?login=false

How much protection you get from different types of masks: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/commentary-what-can-masks-do-part-1-science-behind-covid-19-protection

Any mask is better than no mask: https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2110117118

And another h/t to John E. Canuck, who filled a thread with good information that shouldn’t disappear just because Twitter does…

JAMA article on mask-wearing to control community spread of covid: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2776536

Universal masking reduced covid cases in health care workers: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768533

Systematic review/meta-analysis on effectiveness of masking and other measures: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext

Masking cuts infection rates in half: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2789302

Even surgical masks help: https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2021/09/surgical-masks-covid-19.html

Again, any mask is better than nothing: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02786826.2022.2053656

Lifting masking requirements in schools + more covid: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2211029

Masks in schools prevent spread outside of schools, too: https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/149/6/e2022056687/185379/School-Masking-Policies-and-Secondary-SARS-CoV-2?autologincheck=redirected?nfToken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

School masking helped prevent Delta cases: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/mandatory-masking-schools-reduced-covid-19-cases

Yep, masks in schools still reduce transmission: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/20/13511

So we have a lot of evidence debunking the claim in the title. I hope this is enough, but there will probably never be enough to satisfy the covidiots. Keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.

Viral Replication

Viral Replication

Since I do not trust Twitter to survive, or even to not start disappearing tweets, I’m going to move some of the bookmarked tweets and helpful links I’ve collected bit by bit, attempting some semblance of order (wish me luck on that) so I can find them when I need them, and they can be used by others. I’m always open to suggestions from reliable sources, too, so if at any point you think a study or an article from a reputable source that should be preserved or shared, put it in a comment, and I’ll be happy to read it/add it to a post.

My pinned tweet from December 9, 2021, got a lot of angry responses from anti-vaxers, so I know it was good!

“It’s amazing how many people think that needing more vaccines is a failure of the vaccine, rather than the success of the virus mutating in unvaccinated hosts.”

A simple explanation of what viruses are and how they work from National Geographic: https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/viruses

Course Hero explains viral replication: https://www.coursehero.com/study-guides/boundless-microbiology/viral-replication/

Medical Net explains viral replication: https://www.news-medical.net/health/How-does-Viral-Replication-Work.aspx

Texas Gateway explains viral replication: https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/virus-reproduction

Nature explains SARS-CoV2 viral replication: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-020-00468-6

How SARS-CoV2 infects cells: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02039-y?s=09

Why vaccines won’t produce worse variants: https://www.science.org/content/blog-post/vaccines-will-not-produce-worse-variants?s=09

On the evolution of new variants of SARS-CoV2: https://www.science.org/content/article/new-sars-cov-2-variants-have-changed-pandemic-what-will-virus-do-next?s=09#.YaOtiLU95dg.twitter

How infections, not vaccines, drive viral mutation: https://theconversation.com/massive-numbers-of-new-covid-19-infections-not-vaccines-are-the-main-driver-of-new-coronavirus-variants-166882

A video from Vaccine Makers Project on how viruses reproduce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHHrph7zDLw

How prolonged infections drive mutations: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01613-2

These are the ones I bookmarked, there may be more I liked and shared, but didn’t put in the thread or my bookmarks. If you know of anything that helps explain why vaccines don’t cause viral mutations, especially simply written ones that laypeople could understand, drop me a line. If you don’t, I hope you can get something out of these links!