Science has "proven" that hamsters "wearing masks" were less likely to catch 'Rona

g8rh8rMD

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I'mma just leave this here without commentary (other than to pour one out for the states of "science" and "free press" these days) for everyone to pick over.

Courtesy, CNBC.com.

Wearing a mask can reduce coronavirus transmission by 75%, new study claims
PUBLISHED TUE, MAY 19 202010:56 AM EDTUPDATED 24 MIN AGO

Natasha Turak@NATASHATURAK


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  • Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.

As the debate over the effectiveness of wearing masks during a pandemic continues, a new study gives weight to arguments by medical professionals and government leaders that wearing a mask does indeed reduce virus transmission — and dramatically so.
Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.

“The findings implied to the world and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is huge,” Dr. Yuen Kwok-yung, a leading microbiologist from Hong Kong University who helped discover the SARS virus in 2003, said Sunday.
The team’s conclusion comes after months of conflicting information from world health bodies concerning masks. The World Health Organization has questioned their effectiveness outside of medical settings, while governments including those in the U.S. and U.K. initially urged citizens to leave them for health worker use, only to later make a U-turn and encourage widespread mask-wearing.

The study, which the Hong Kong team calls the first of its kind, used hamsters in two cages; one group of hamsters infected with Covid-19 and the other healthy. The researchers created three different scenarios: mask barriers placed just on cages with the infected subjects, masks covering the healthy subjects, and one with no mask barriers at all, with a fan between the cages allowing particles to be transmitted between them.
With no mask barriers at all, two-thirds of the healthy hamsters — 66.7% — were infected with the virus within a week, the researchers found.
When the mask was placed over the infected cage, however, that infection rate dropped to 16.7%.

The infection rate went up to 33% when the mask barrier was only used to cover the healthy hamsters’ cage.
The hamsters who were still infected despite having the mask barrier also had less of the virus in their bodies compared to those infected without the masks, the researchers found.

“In our hamster experiment, it shows very clearly that if infected hamsters or humans — especially asymptomatic or symptomatic ones — put on masks, they actually protect other people. That’s the strongest result we showed here,” Yuen said.
“Transmission can be reduced by 50 (percentage points) when surgical masks are used, especially when masks are worn by infected individuals,” he said.
Hamsters have very similar enzyme receptors to humans, which is why they were chosen as the test animals for Yuen’s experiment. 52 hamsters were used in total.
“Up to this stage, we do not have a safe and effective vaccine. What remains practical is still either social-distancing measures or wearing masks,” Yuen added.

 

g8rh8rMD

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Here's what the headline on the website reads. (As you know, the headline is the only part of the story that most people will read, probably including the presenters on CNN who I'm guessing will mention the story on "the news" as justification for shaming "non-maskers")

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I always suspected the masks were ornamental in hospitals. If the best we got for the efficacy of masks for communicable disease is a bunch of hamsters then then lets trim the fat and stop bloating hospital budgets with this ppe crap.
 

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Hong Kong is in China. China has continually lied about anything to do with the virus. This brings this study into question.

One thing is for certain. The blueprint for how to shut down America was just published.
 

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How many hamsters do we have on this board? Can we have a show of hands?
Here’s a recent picture of the wife and I during quarantine. We skipped the masks and went straight to the ball. Didn’t really want to reveal my true identity but I guess there is no better time than now
 

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g8rh8rMD

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Here’s a recent picture of the wife and I during quarantine. We skipped the masks and went straight to the ball. Didn’t really want to reveal my true identity but I guess there is no better time than now
You make a beautiful couple, thanks for sharing! I'm curious, though. How does the intimacy work for y'all with the balls? My wife and I find they get in the way too much, but maybe we're just not creative enough..?
 
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