CDC Response To FOIA Request To Provide Studies On The Efficacy Of Masks Is A Must-Read

Written by K. Walker on April 28, 2021

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Mask mandates have been in place in many parts of the country for about a year. Wouldn’t it be nice to know if there is a reason based on “The Science™” for that?

There are now, thanks to the Masker-In-Chief, mask mandates in all federal buildings. The President and Vice President advocate for mask-wearing, so does the CDC, the NIH, and the Prevaricating Authoritarian Smurf, Dr. Fauci, and they all assure us that The Science™ shows that masks prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But what does The Science™ actually say about these paper and cloth masks we’re covering our breathing holes with?

Well, one inquisitive individual decided to ask the CDC which randomized controlled trials show that masks are effective prophylactic measures against the coronavirus through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The response is quite interesting.

El Gato Malo was an anonymous Twitter account that is now suspended. The account had over 40,000 followers. The author is now writing on Substack and in a recent post, the author shared the response sent by the Department of Health And Human Services.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We don’t normally base articles on uncited, anonymous sources on ClashDaily, but the author has chosen to make an exception in this case because it includes the CDC response. As such, this article has been labeled as an “Opinion” piece.]

The author wrote what a whole lot of people have been thinking…

this was never plausible. masks leak like crazy, the virus is aerosol, the the virions are so small that using a mask to stop them is like using a chin [sic] link fence to keep out mosquitos.

it’s 100% junk science. and they just admitted that it’s all they have. yet they want you to mask up even if vaccinated?

based on what? there is not a shred of real clinical outcomes data with valid control groups to support this and reams to refute it including DANMASK and all the pre-2020 standing pandemic guidelines.

The author asked two questions — the first was why the HHS is now linked to the CDC and when that happened. The response was not given.

The second question was about studies on masks. It read, “The CDC continues to claim that masks stop the spread of virus. Can you please share their science? Do they have a randomized controlled trial proving that cloth face coverings stop the spread of virus? Does the CDC have a randomized controlled trial that 2 masks stop the spread of virus or Covid19?”

The CDC response was, “CDC is not aware of any randomized control trials that show that masks or double masks or cloth face coverings are effective against COVID-19. There is experimental data as described below showing that masks block particles.” (Emphasis added.) The statement included URLs to several links.

The first link directs you to the CDC’s “Guidance for Wearing Masks” page. On that page, there are several studies cited, but only two are directly related to mask-wearing. The first is one that discusses “community use” of cloth masks in order to “reduce the emissions of virus-laden droplets.” The CDC now says that although the “primary” spread is through droplets, the virus is also airborne. The second study is about maximizing the fit of masks to “improve performance.”

Interestingly, the article did not cite the simulation study that was published on the NIH website about the efficacy of masks in reducing transmission of COVID-19 which concluded that they provide some minor protection. It’s important to note, however, that the minuscule amount of protection observed was in a study using mannequins placed 20 cm, 50 cm, and 100 cm (that’s approximately 8 inches, 20 inches, and 3 feet) apart. This is why, early on, the recommendations were masking if social distancing is not possible. But that’s not where we are in 2021. Of course, we know now that the “social distancing” recommendation of 6 feet was bunk. 

There was one randomized controlled trial that was sort of related, but the CDC didn’t cite that one, either.

A May 2020 study from Hong Kong that was published on the CDC website about methods to prevent transmission of the influenza virus shows that facemasks don’t really work.

Before we get the hair-on-fire Fauci-worshippers screaming at their phones, “It’s not the flu!” Hold your horses, there, Hoss. Your beloved Center for Disease Control (CDC) in their section on “Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19“, says that both viruses spread the same way but that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is much more contagious.

So, back to the study on stopping the spread of Influenza. In the section on facemasks, it says:

Disposable medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are loose-fitting devices that were designed to be worn by medical personnel to protect accidental contamination of patient wounds, and to protect the wearer against splashes or sprays of bodily fluids (36). There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure. Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza

…In lower-income settings, it is more likely that reusable cloth masks will be used rather than disposable medical masks because of cost and availability (38). There are still few uncertainties in the practice of face mask use, such as who should wear the mask and how long it should be used for. In theory, transmission should be reduced the most if both infected members and other contacts wear masks, but compliance in uninfected close contacts could be a problem (12,34). Proper use of face masks is essential because improper use might increase the risk for transmission (39). Thus, education on the proper use and disposal of used face masks, including hand hygiene, is also needed.

Source: Center for Disease Control and PRevention (Emphasis Added)

The final line from that particular study is telling, “Evidence from RCTs of hand hygiene or face masks did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza, and limited evidence was available on other environmental measures.”

Isn’t this the same “dangerous” thing that I’ve been saying for months now? A disturbing number of people don’t wash their hands after using the toilet. Doctors and nurses don’t wash their hands unless they are being actively monitored. Joe Schmo is wearing a dirty mask that he shoves in his pocket.

That ain’t no way to stop the spread of an aerosolized respiratory virus, Chief!

“Wear a mask!” said the Medical Experts, “It saves lives!”

“Where’s the study showing this is true?” someone asks through a FOIA request.


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