“Associations between psychological stress and disease have been established, particularly for depression, CVD, and HIV/AIDS. Other areas in which evidence for the role of stress is beginning to emerge include upper respiratory tract infec-tions, asthma, herpes viral infections, autoimmune dis-eases, and wound healing.” – Psychological stress and disease, JAMA (Journal of the Medical Association)
Lockdowns and Stress
I think it can go that without saying that governments COVID policies around the world have been rather heavy handed — and they’ve absolutely caused undue stress on the populaces they “serve”. The uncertainty of the future, limits on social gatherings with friends and family, threats and enforcement of egregious fines, increasing debt levels and the governments constant flip flops on their positions has many stressed like never before.
It can be reasonably deduced from the above mentioned JAMA study, that COVID policies that induce stress are leading to an uptick in respiratory illnesses — like COVID. So the very policies designed to “save us all” could be setting us up for more illness and death than if we approached this in a way that allowed for people to feel human.
Headaches – One study that followed 158 nurses that had to wear PPE (masks) for greater than 4 hours per day developed PPE (masks) related headaches. I think it is a fair and reasonable association to say that those suffering from ongoing headaches as a result of the mask mandates might be stressed out about that knowledge. This stress may be making them more susceptible to COVID itself.
Macne (Mask Acne) – “Face masks are causing an uptick in acne. The humid and sticky environment your mask creates around your face lends itself to breakouts around the nose, cheeks, mouth and chin.”
You would think it would be common sense to say that the wearing of a dirty, sweaty, soiled mask throughout your work day could lead to acne breakouts — but apparently this comes as a surprise to “experts.” The stress of having ones skin breakout can not be understated — acne can lead to very sensitive and tender skin — and let’s not forget self-consciousness.
This also doesn’t seem to matter to physicians who have abandoned the hippocratic oath all around the world that states “do no harm”. Instead, replacing it with their own personal mantra of “do what is politically convenient.” If someone is going to have ongoing acne and skin issues as a result of wearing a mask — why aren’t you writing an exemption to prevent that harm? I think I know — fear and cowardice.
Mask Mouth – Imagine seeing so many of your patients that have a history of healthy gums and teeth coming in with all sorts of issues like decaying teeth, receding gum lines, and REALLY bad breath. Roughly 50 per cent of one dentists patients are being impacted by this — so they decided to name it “mask mouth” (after “meth mouth.”) This is a condition that occurs from forcing air through a mask which dries out the mouth creating an environment where plaque can thrive — resulting in a myriad of dental issues.
Why did we mandate masks?
Masks have been proven not to be effective in reducing transmission of influenza (one can reasonably deduct this applies to COVID), have many adverse mental health impacts and may actually increase transmissions of viruses — including COVID in the general population.
Article: Staley: Everything wrong with masks
A shining symbol of obedience
“There may be additional benefits to broad masking policies that extend beyond their technical contribution to reducing pathogen transmission. Masks are visible reminders of an otherwise invisible yet widely prevalent pathogen and may remind people of the importance of social distancing and other infection-control measures. It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles.” – NEJM, Universal Masking in Hospitals in the COVID-19 era
From the data out of Wuhan, China it is clear that asymptomatic transmission is not the driver of increases in cases of COVID — its symptomatic individuals who are driving numbers up. We can also conclude that if one can trust a mask to “protect themselves and others” then they may be going out into public with symptoms — the known cause of the majority of case transmissions.
I think the NEJM study cited earlier in this article sums it up perfectly when it said;
“Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals. Although such reactions may not be strictly logical, we are all subject to fear and anxiety, especially during times of crisis. One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education than with a marginally beneficial mask, particularly in light of the worldwide mask shortage, but it is difficult to get clinicians to hear this message in the heat of the current crisis. Expanded masking protocols’ greatest contribution may be to reduce the transmission of anxiety, over and above whatever role they may play in reducing transmission of COVID-19.”
The real reason masks were forced upon the masses is clear — a useless virtue signal to satiate the masses need for the feeling of safety. In summary, a very effective placebo for the masses to quell their anxieties and fears about a great “unknown.” However one must question the governments timing in mandating masks, as the mandate came after the peak of the pandemic. We must now ask the logical question — is the mask to help quell fear, or to keep people in a constant state of it?
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