Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of RT:
Study on the effectiveness of masks remains unpublished
A large-scale study in Denmark to investigate the effectiveness of wearing masks in terms of COVID-19 containment was rejected and not published by several prestigious medical journals. The study’s authors indicated that the results were “uncomfortable” for the status quo. The journals The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association all rejected the study.
6,000 Danes participated in the study, which began in late April. Half of them were asked to wear a mask at all times in public places. The other half were instructed not to cover their faces. After a month, the participants were tested both for corona infection and for antibodies to the virus.
The researchers who led the study remained silent about their findings, but provided a variety of indications that it was the outcome of the study, and not the methodology, that led to the rejection of the study. Christian Torp-Pedersen, a professor and the chief physician in the research department at North Zealand Hospital, told the Danish daily Berlingske:
We can’t begin to discuss what was unsatisfactory for them [the medical journals]. To do this, we would need to explain what the study reveals. And we don’t want to discuss that until the study is published.
Another member of the study administration emailed New York Times reporter Alex Berenson that the results would be published “as soon as a journal is brave enough to publish the study.”
In Denmark it is currently mandatory to wear a mask as soon as you leave the table, in public transport and in bars and restaurants.
There are rampant discussions around the world about the mask requirement and whether wearing a mask might curb the spread of the virus. Japanese researchers recently published a study that found that masks offered some degree of protection from COVID-19 particles in the air, but even wearing high quality, professional face coverings couldn’t eliminate the risk of infection.
Interestingly, particularly at the beginning of the “Corona crisis”, many health experts spoke out against a far-reaching mandate that the general public wear a mask, and described such measures as ineffective. For example, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House COVID-19 Task Force, insisted in an interview in March that there was no reason for apparently healthy people to “walk around in masks.”