Masks forever? Feds, medical world double down on mandates despite evidence they don’t work

Decades of research finding that face masks provide little to no real-world benefit against respiratory viruses, recently reaffirmed by a “gold standard” Cochrane meta-review of randomized controlled trials, aren’t budging the faith of federal regulators and the U.S. medical establishment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration could impose some form of mask mandate in healthcare settings permanently, assuming the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs approves its final rule submitted in December.

While Fielding-Miller acknowledged that their findings were likely confounded by “a constellation of other protective behaviors,” such as better ventilation in schools that heavily mask, she said that just reaffirms “the importance of creating cultures of safety.”

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