The pro-mandate crowd has likely been doing all they can to suppress a new study published in the journal Medicine, which suggests mask mandates could be associated with higher death rates from COVID-19. The increased death rate was dubbed, the "Foegen Effect."
The study carried out by German doctor Zacharias Fögen, compared COVID-19 fatality rates across several counties in Kansas because the state allowed each of its 105 counties to decide whether or not to implement a mask mandate. Fögen set out to find “whether mandatory mask use influenced the case fatality rate in Kansas” during the time period of August 1st, 2020 to October 15th.
Extensive evidence in the literature supports the mandatory use of facemasks to reduce the infection rate of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, the effect of mask use on the disease course remains controversial. This study aimed to determine whether mandatory mask use influenced the case fatality rate in Kansas, USA between August 1st and October 15th 2020.
The study explains that the Foegen effect happens when hypercondensed droplets caught by masks are re-inhaled and introduced deeper into the respiratory tract, which could be responsible for the increase in mortality rate.
“A rationale for the increased RR (risk ratio) by mandating masks is probably that virions that enter or those coughed out in droplets are retained in the facemask tissue, and after quick evaporation of the droplets, hypercondensed droplets or pure virions (virions not inside a droplet) are re-inhaled from a very short distance during inspiration,” the study found.
“They bypass the bronchi and are inhaled deep into the alveoli, where they can cause pneumonia instead of bronchitis, which would be typical of a virus infection.”
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“These findings suggest that mask use might pose a yet unknown threat to the user instead of protecting them, making mask mandates a debatable epidemiologic intervention,” concludes the paper.
“The most important finding from this study is that contrary to the accepted thought that fewer people are dying because infection rates are reduced by masks, this was not the case,” summarized the paper.
“Results from this study strongly suggest that mask mandates actually caused about 1.5 times the number of deaths or ∼50% more deaths compared to no mask mandates.”
As we've reported over the last two years, there have been several studies showing that masks had no discernable effect on the spread of COVID-19 but this is the first time we've seen it suggested that it could have actually made COVID worse. However, there has been a study that found the same effect that flew under our radar.
The National Pulse reported on the study last month. “Countries with high levels of mask compliance did not perform better than those with low mask usage,” the study found, whose data and analysis instead discovered a “moderate positive correlation between mask usage and deaths.”
The peer-reviewed study titled, “Correlation Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe” reported that “The lack of negative correlations between mask usage and COVID-19 cases and deaths suggest that the widespread use of masks at a time when an effective intervention was most needed, i.e., during the strong 2020-2021 autumn-winter peak, was not able to reduce COVID-19 transmission.”
However, the authors pointed out, "the moderate positive correlation between mask usage and deaths in Western Europe also suggests that the universal use of masks may have had harmful unintended consequences.”
Therein lies the problem with arbitrary mandates handed down from politicians. For two years, humanity became the subject of a massive scientific experiment in which humans were the lab rats. And for the next two years, we will likely be finding out all the harmful results.