For more than a year now, we have been told that it is necessary to introduce widespread forced wearing of masks, because even if the effectiveness of containing the spread of COVID-19 is only moderate, negligible or not, there will be zero disadvantages.
“What’s the harm?” they ask.
“It’s just a minor inconvenience,” they grumble.
“If it saves ONE LIFE, it will be worth it!” they implore.
Gainesville, Florida (June 16, 2021) – A group of parents in Gainesville, Florida, concerned about the potential harm of masks, donated six face masks to a lab for analysis. The report received showed that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites and fungi, including three dangerous pathogenic bacteria and bacteria that cause pneumonia. No viruses were found on the masks, although the test is capable of detecting viruses.
The analysis revealed the following 11 dangerous pathogens on the masks:
– Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)
– Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)
– Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)
– Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)
– Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, bloodstream infection, meningitis, IMP – resistant to antibiotics)
– Escherichia coli (food poisoning)
– Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)
– Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)
– Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires disease)
– Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections – high incidence)
– Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis).
Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of bacteria that cause pneumonia. One third were infected with one or more strains of bacteria that cause meningitis. One third were infected with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens have been identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, pharyngitis, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more.
The masks studied were new or freshly washed before donning and were worn for 5 to 8 hours, mainly during the face-to-face training of children aged 6 to 11. One mask was worn by an adult. A T-shirt worn by one of the children at school and unworn masks were tested as controls. No pathogens were found on the controls. Proteins found on a T-shirt, for example, are not pathogenic to humans and are commonly found in hair, skin, and soil.
Study parent Ms. Amanda Donoho noted that this small sample points to more research needs:
“We need to know what we wear on our children’s faces every day. Masks create a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow.”
These parents contracted with the laboratory because they were concerned about the possibility of contamination of the masks that their children are forced to wear all day at school, putting them on and off, placing them on various surfaces, etc. This prompted them to send the masks to a lab at the University of Florida Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center.
The table below, compiled by a parenting group, shows the potential hazard for each pathogen: