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  1. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing I understand this thread is very much an anti-mask echo chamber, though the body of evidence is growing, and will continue to grow as research continues. I look forward to returning to this thread in six months review many of the...
  2. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    They do not. I suggest you re-read the article. I have not glossed over the the fact that the trials have a week [sic] effect. I have posted twice about "using lower quality evidence found masks to be effective". The evidence may be lower quality, it is there. Consider the words you use...
  3. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    Carry a bottle of hand sanitiser. It's possible if you want it to be.
  4. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    I thought you were objecting on a purely financial basis. I've answered that. We could continue to go around in circles, though I sense there is little point continuing with that. There is evidence to show that masks control the emission of the virus from a wearer into the air, reducing the...
  5. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    The use of masks is to encourage fewer deaths and less wasted lives. 10 bags for life are £5, a more durable shopping bag around £4 upwards. Similar costs.
  6. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    No. The viewpoint states the need for more and better trials. Did you miss my earlier quote from the piece? It does say that the most recent research Maybe your definition of "agree unanimously" is different to mine? Or maybe you missed this when you read the viewpoint? Since you are...
  7. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    I'm happy to be proved wrong. All I have to lose is, for me, a minor inconvenience. In time there will be more evidence. Meanwhile, we progress with what we have. This is a mask, not an untested vaccine.
  8. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    That's very emotive language. It's a law, not a diktat. More studies are needed to confirm the efficacy; no formal studies have been shown that is causes harm. I'm happy to support masks on the understanding that my inconvenience may protect others.
  9. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    The expertise of academics is always in doubt. That is why we rely on peer-reviewed journals for credible evidence, not free publishing websites. Even then, bad actors do manage to scrape through. Assertions must always be questioned, challenged and retested. Peer-reviewed journals are an...
  10. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    They are of the view that there is not enough evidence. Not unsurprising given that their raison d'etre is "Evidence Based Medicine". The hosting platform is hardly "Nature". This article in the Spectator, known for its left-leaning liberal views sets the scene: (For the avoidance of doubt...
  11. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    It sounds as if you're suggesting that the evidence on which the OP relies is not reliable? I agree. I do believe that they have more knowledge in the field than random journalists. Reading the viewpoint, it does not say that wearing masks is ineffective in preventing the transmission of...
  12. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    It's not an academic paper. It's a viewpoint. It has as much value as a newspaper column.
  13. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    Not exactly, from your linked article: A viewpoint is not a study, or even a paper. They also do not speak for the University of Oxfords Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. The article is nine paragraphs bemoaning the lack of studies and that some have been curtailed. The viewpoint is that...
  14. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    Perhaps you should have paid more attention in your experimental design class? You're avoiding the question again. Do you, personally, have any qualms about passing the virus on to others, should you be infected and asymptotic? I'm assuming that you would isolate properly should you...
  15. Puffing Devil

    UK face coverings discussion

    Do any of your "scientific circles" ever talk about rejecting the null hypothesis? It was at the heart of experimental design and research when I was in a "scientific circle". Maybe your circles are different to mine? You may think it's fair, I do not. I asked if you were concerned about...

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