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Study: Masking Made No Difference, Got Worse Later

A UK study by P.R. Hunter and J. Brainard titled “Changing risk factors for developing SARS-CoV-2 infection from Delta to Omicron” published on 15 May 2024 has found that masks didn’t work later in the plandemic.


The paper is 12 pages long and is a relatively easy read.


The analysis is based on data provided by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS). The data is merely summary data that is publicly available. It is not “primary individual level data” so there are limitations. The period of interest is from 21 November 2021 to 7 May 2022.


Many of the findings are not surprising but some figures did vary throughout the period. For example:

  • One is more likely to test positive as household size increases. However, over time, households with 4 or more people were less likely to test positive.

  • One is less likely to test positive if working in social or health care but the likelihood increased over time (from –0.011 to 1.96).

  • One is less likely to test positive in a patient-facing role but the likelihood also increased over time (from –0.033 to 1.69).


Interestingly, the difference between school-aged children who sometimes or never wore masks compared to those who always did was insignificant initially. Over time, this improved for those who sometimes or never masks. The same can be stated for adults.


As can be seen in Figure 3 below, the likelihood of testing positive for those who did not wear masks generally decreased as the omicron variant hit.


Figure 3: Risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 when never wearing a face covering, compared to always wearing one. a. School children in enclosed spaces, b. School children in school, c. Adults in enclosed spaces, d. Adults at school or at work.
Figure 3: Risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 when never wearing a face covering, compared to always wearing one. a. School children in enclosed spaces, b. School children in school, c. Adults in enclosed spaces, d. Adults at school or at work.
 

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