The Global Failure of Mask Mandates

9 February 2022
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The Global Failure of COVID Mask Mandates

It seems that global mask mandates were truly a waste of time. In his book: Unmasked: The Global Failure of COVID Mask Mandates, Ian Miller reveals that the ad hoc China virus Covid pandemic policies have systematically failed to achieve goals. Also see: Illusion of Control: COVID-19 and the Collapse of Expertise, by Ian Miller, 2023.

From the article Were masks a waste of time? - Experts advocated an intervention they once thought useless, by Geoff Shullenberger, Unherd, 9 February 2022:


... Miller arrives time and again at the same conclusion: that the ad hoc pandemic mitigation policies rolled out since 2020 have systematically failed to achieve goals. Miller has now compiled one subset of his graphs and commentaries into a book titled Unmasked: The Global Failure of Covid Mask Mandates which focuses solely on the most ubiquitous pandemic containment strategy deployed by governments worldwide: masks.

The endorsement of masking by medical bodies and public health authorities worldwide, Miller shows, entailed the abandonment of a longstanding view that masks were a useless and even harmful intervention. Over the previous decades, numerous randomised controlled trials had assessed the efficacy of masks in controlling the spread of respiratory viruses like influenza, and pandemic simulations had evaluated their potential.

A document published by the World Health Organisation in 2019 framed the results of these studies in no uncertain terms: “there was no evidence that face masks are effective in reducing transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza”. It’s unsurprising, then, that when the CDC briefed reporters on the pandemic in February of 2020, masking was not even mentioned among the NPIs that might be deployed. The UK government, too, stated early in 2020 that there was no evidence to support masking....

Miller reaches this conclusion by comparing areas with mask mandates of longer and shorter duration with each other and with areas that never imposed mandates at all. The results, he shows, simply do not support the standard adage that “masks save lives”....

The most disastrous failing of the experts has been their lack of curiosity about the actual results of the policies they have staked their reputations on....

It is not difficult to see why mask mandates proved irresistible to politicians. Masks are the perfect form of hygiene theatre, conveying an intuitive sense of safety regardless of demonstrable efficacy at scale. They also offload responsibility for controlling the pandemic to ordinary people....




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The scientific case against face masks - The press is once again promoting a measure proved to be ineffective, UnHerd, 13 Friday 2022.

Book: Face Masks In One Lesson - How to never wear a mask again and to do so legitimately, by Allan Stevo, 2020.

Massive Peer-Reviewed Mask Study Shows 'Little To No Difference' In Preventing COVID, Flu Infection, ZeroHedge, 2 February 2023.

Book: Blindsight is 2020: Reflections on Covid Policies from Dissident Scientists, Philosophers, Artists, and More, by Gabrielle Bauer, 2023.

The Masking Debate Is Settled, by Robert Malone, Brownstone Institute, 2 February 2023.

Mask Mandates Unmasked - Congress must end white coat supremacy and make a case for pandemic reparations, American Greatness, 23 May 2023.


Perhaps the ruling elites had another objective in mind with their ubiquitous mask mandates:

Obedience training




Why the Left Is Pro-Mask, by Dennis Prager, 7 March 2023.

Antivax Grab-Bag: Memes, Blurbs and Links, by Mike Whitney, Unz Review, 7 March 2023.

Virus vs. Mask - Size Comparison 3D (Cloth and Surgical Mask)


John Campbell: The jury is in. Masks are completely useless: