Swedish health officials: Face masks ‘do not provide any greater protection to the population’

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The ‘mainstream’ American media and the health experts they consult with have been highly critical of the Swedish government’s refusal to lock down the country and choke off its economy during the coronavirus pandemic, but over time, the country has validated its decision.

Today, Sweden is past its coronavirus peak both in terms of infections and deaths.

“I don’t think anybody who is really thinking that much about this, is really sure about any strategy, because we’re all doing something that nobody did before,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist who has led the country’s coronavirus response, told CNBC May 7.

“On the other hand, it looks like it’s going to work out. We’re clearly past the peak in Stockholm and our health care (system) has been able to handle it, we have extra beds in the hospitals and everybody has been treated that needs to be treated, even non-COVID patients have been able to get treatment,” he added.

Still, government health officials in the United States, as well as most state governors and big-city mayors, continue to push mitigation measures like mask-wearing in public, as though doing so actually prevents the spread of COVID-19.

It doesn’t, and that’s according to Swedish government and health officials.

“Face masks in public spaces do not provide any greater protection to the population,” Johan Carlson from the Swedish Public Health Agency Folkhälsomyndigheten told a May 13 press conference.

Swedish media outlet The Local notes further

Swedish health authorities argue that keeping a distance, washing your hands, not touching your face, and staying at home if you experience any symptoms are still the best ways to halt the spread of the coronavirus. There is a concern that wearing face masks would make people follow these guidelines less strictly.

But, as Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said during the same news conference, “There is a risk of a false sense of security, that you believe that you can’t be infected if you wear a face mask.”

Nevertheless, such realities have not stopped ‘official’ health agencies in the U.S. and Europe from continuing to recommend masks, even though there is no hard data proving they work to reduce infection rates.

“A face mask may help reduce the spread of infection in the community by minimizing the excretion of respiratory droplets from infected individuals who may not even know they are infected and before they develop any symptoms,” says guidance from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the continent’s equivalent of the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also recommends face masks in public.

The agencies have to include the caveat “may help” because, again, they don’t know whether masks will or will not help.

That doesn’t matter to Leftist mayors and governors, though, who are forcing their citizens to wear masks in public, lest they be fined or arrested. They claim they are merely “following the science,” but there is no science to support their policy.

Even the globalist World Health Organization, which reportedly helped China cover up the outbreak, does not believe wearing masks will prevent the spread of the virus.

“There is currently no evidence that wearing a mask (whether medical or other types) by healthy persons in the wider community setting, including universal community masking, can prevent them from infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19,” the agency said, according to an April 9 report in Science Alert.

Jon Dougherty

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Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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