The CDC on Facemasks

by Venus230

Here is a CDC report that was released in May.

“Respiratory etiquette is often listed as a preventive measure for respiratory infections. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to support this measure.”

“In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks”

“The effect of hand hygiene combined with face masks on laboratory-confirmed influenza was not statistically significant “

“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.”

“Finally, although our review focused on nonpharmaceutical measures to be taken during influenza pandemics, the findings could also apply to severe seasonal influenza epidemics. 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.”

wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article