A former neurosurgeon says that face masks are not only ineffective against the Chinese coronavirus, but can also cause certain health problems.
Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote an article for Technocracy last week saying that those who aren't sick shouldn't be wearing face masks. This comes in the wake of more cities and businesses making face masks mandatory. In Los Angeles, residents are now required to wear a mask when they leave their homes.
Blaylock insists that since there have been no studies on the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the best course of action is to look at what masks have done in helping slow the spread of the flu.
He writes, "As for the scientific support for the use of face mask, a recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, 'None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.'"
Blaylock also cautions that those people who wear the N95 masks - which have been found to be the most effective masks - are at risk of negative effects of having their oxygen intake limited for an extended period of time.