But they wear face masks in surgery, don’t they?
Forget about the lack of science behind face masks and infectious disease. It’s never been about science. Surprisingly, even wearing face masks in surgery has been called a mindless “ritual,” a “sacred cow;”
- …A practice that makes no difference in wound infection rates that has been known since the 1960s;
- …A practice when abandoned actually decreased postoperative wound infections by 36% (from 4.7% to 3.5%);
- …Failed to even contaminate Petri plates placed on the operating table with unmasked personnel just a meter away;
- …And has even undergone scientific scrutiny by the Cochrane Database System Review that concluded “it is unclear whether the wearing of surgical face masks by members of the surgical team has any impact on surgical wound rates.”
Face masks may be a “hail Mary” attempt to self-protect, which makes face masks a religion, not science.
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