When I started my business, I had to purchase software and a computer. One of the vendors gave me his card and a list of references. Not knowing any better, I did due diligence and called the references. I was quite surprised that all were negative which made me wonder why someone would give a prospective client bad references. I came to the conclusion that most people do not check references.
Which is the same principle concerning masks to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. As I wrote in an earlier article, If We Remain Ignorant, We Will Lose, people are convinced that wearing a mask is actually bad in a pandemic without reading the “references”.
I have two points:
- We have to do better due diligence. Why do you think our government was able to overthrow the Constitution?
- Not all masks are equally effective. Be very cautious concerning people who are spreading false information, intentionally or not. Our success in the future depends on information and intelligence. Misinformation and propaganda are effective tools used to divide us. In this case, bad intelligence will have consequences which may include your life.
I understand most people do not have the medical or scientific background to understand a peer reviewed published paper. But you can look at a paper and look for the following:
a. Is the paper peer reviewed?
b. Does the paper have a discussion or conclusions section with a p-value?
c. Does the subject actually match what the original article states? As an example, a cloth mask is not a N95 or higher rated mask.
d. Is there a hypothesis presented?
e. Are the testing parameters outlined?
f. Is it a random sample?
g. Are the control parameters outlined?
h. Can the results be replicated?
A normal scientific paper takes funding and several months to implement, test, analyze and make conclusions with a p-value. Then it is submitted to a journal for publication. The journal’s due diligence is to submit the paper to other laboratories to review and replicate the results. A few back and forths with the paper’s authors and the paper is published if the results can be replicated.
The above process takes years. So how is it that masks have been discredited overnight without any true scientific basis (read my link above)? And why can we not buy N95 or better masks? The why is simple: we will lose the impending civil war. I hate to lose because of ignorance.