Therapeutic State

Does looking like a duck protect you from Covid?

By Tom Woods

The dead-enders have been calling for a return of masking, though they don’t seem to be making much headway among normal people.

The uselessness of masks is nevertheless important to emphasize, so that (1) perhaps fewer people will be taken in should the public health establishment ever seriously try to impose them again, and (2) people will begin to perceive how unreliable (to put it kindly) our public health officials are.

By now you’ve probably heard people say: of course the masking didn’t work, because we should have been wearing N95 masks.

(That isn’t what Dr. Fauci said, by the way. He said all masks were protective to some degree.)

Well, we now have a randomized trial, just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, studying what difference in results, if any, can be perceived from the use of one over the other: “Medical Masks Versus N95 Respirators for Preventing COVID-19 Among Health Care Workers: A Randomized Trial.”

What did they find?

Fifty-two out of 497 (10.46%) people wearing medical masks wound up getting Covid, and 47 out of 507 (9.27%) wearing N95s got it — a difference too trivial to amount to anything.

Germany, for that matter, broke all its records for the spread of Covid at a time when it had among the highest N95 usage in the world.

I might add that Todd Zywicki, a professor I’ve interviewed from the law school at George Mason University, says a doctor told him: “If you can wear an N95 for more than about 30 minutes you are wearing it wrong.”

I remind you, dear reader, that I had one of my Tom Woods Show interviews with Congressman Thomas Massie removed from YouTube presumably because we questioned the utility of masks. (I can’t be certain that that was the reason, because our betters at YouTube do not deign to disclose the reasoning behind their various bans and deletions, but it’s the only thing I can think of.)

With what I’ve seen and experienced during Covid, I’ve found myself becoming more concerned about things I hadn’t properly prioritized before, and that was entirely my fault.

At this point I don’t trust any of these institutions, and I certainly don’t trust a federal government that colludes with them to silence independent voices.

I want to make it as difficult as possible for these people to gather information on me, or see what I’m saying or writing.

As it happens, I have an Internet privacy expert in my School of Life program, and he’s going to do a live session open to the public (my newsletter subscribers specifically, so that means you, dear reader) in which he’ll lay out five things you can do to protect your privacy against creepy individuals and institutions, public or private, that you don’t have to be a techie to implement.

Protecting ourselves and our information against snoopers is something we all know we should do at some point but most of us (and I plead guilty myself) never get around to it. I hope this gives everyone, myself included, the determination to take action.

All you have to do is register; it costs nothing to attend:

Tom Woods


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