I am always amazed how doctors, scientists, and researchers who do studies that show disastrous outcomes for public health are able to use muted language with words like: “a strong signal” – “a correlation to”- or in the case of the author of the study that I am basing this article on, German physician Zacharias Foegen, he uses – “contribute to” – in the name of his paper, which was published in the journal Medicine:
Dr. Foegen concluded that “contrary to the accepted thought that fewer people are dying because infection rates are reduced by masks, this was not the case.” If we say it in simple language, it means that:
“The Facemask Mandates Are Killing More People”
In his study, he compared the Covid-19 data between counties in the U.S. state of Kansas because the state governor allowed each county to decide on the issue of the facemask mandates. Out of 105 counties, 81 counties agreed on not having mandated masks. This is what Dr. Foegen found.
- In counties without mandatory masking, the number of Covid-19 deaths was significantly lower.
- In counties with mandatory masking, Covid-19 deaths increased by 52% or 1.5 times.
And now, thanks to this researcher, and two more studies that he mentions in his article here, which support his findings, we know why there is an increase in Covid-19 deaths in areas with facemask mandates. It is what he calls the Foegen Effect, which he explains as:
deep re-inhalation of condensed droplets or pure virions which were trapped in the mask as droplets can worsen the prognosis. Each of these steps has been documented in the literature.
A viron is a ‘complete virus particle.’
Dr. Foegen explained that virus particles –
“that enter or those coughed out in droplets are retained in the facemask tissue, and after quick evaporation of the droplets, hypercondensed droplets or pure virions (virions not inside a droplet) are re-inhaled from a very short distance during inspiration.”
So the facemask acts as a trap for virus particles, which get stuck on the mask surfaces, and as we breathe in and out, we draw them down deep into our lungs. If we already have a mild Covid-19 infection, it may also mean that as we breathe out, they get stuck on the inside of the facemask. Then we can breathe them back in again, which increases the viral load we are exposed to and puts us at greater risk for severe illness and death.
The facemasks will act as a trap for virus particles and an accumulator because when they stick to the mask, they are not being blown away by the wind. In addition, I would add that as facemasks reduce the oxygen with each breath, even though it is only a slight reduction, we will tend to breathe more often to make up for that deficit, and we will also likely breathe more deeply.
Altogether the effect is that the facemask may be increasing both the volume of virus particles you will be exposed to and the rate at which you are breathing them in, which will lead to increased rates of infections, increased rates of illness, and therefore increased rates of death.
So the facemask mandates are increasing the number of people dying from Covid-19 due to the Foegen effect.
Suppose the national public health authorities, like the American Center for Disease Control, have this data on every area of a given country. Is it really possible that they don’t know that more people are dying in areas with facemask mandates?