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Steve, he is right - masks don't work and the scientific evidence for this is massive:

• The New England Journal of Medicine of May 21,2020 reported that face masks against Covid-19 are useless:
"We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection... The chance of catching Covid-19... in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic." https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372


You may want to check out the follow-up from New England Journal of Medicine that talks about how people misinterpreted the piece that you shared: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2020836

From that piece:
This finding is also borne out by recent research associating mask wearing with less transmission of SARS-CoV-2, particularly in closed settings.8 We therefore strongly support the calls of public health agencies for all people to wear masks when circumstances compel them to be within 6 ft of others for sustained periods.
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