Use of face masks & face covering

A Summary Of The Science

This section provides a summary of various studies on the use of face masks & face coverings in communities. We appreciate the issue of masks is divisive, and whilst we would always respect the decision of those parents who wish their children to wear them, as a campaign group our position is that requiring face coverings for children represents an untested, disproportionate and potentially harmful intervention.

Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science

A review of the peer-reviewed medical literature examines impacts on human health, both immunological, as well as physiological.

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers

This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks.

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To Healthy Individuals.

By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages.

Mask Hysteria: Are We Going Too Far?

If you are otherwise healthy and are not high risk, there is no evidence at this point that by wearing a mask you will decrease the chance of getting COVID-19.

Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy

It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases.

Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data

Cloth masks or face coverings offer very low filter collection efficiency for the smaller inhalable particles we believe are largely responsible for transmission.

Should individuals in the community without respiratory symptoms wear facemasks to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

A rapid review from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.