Edit: oh I see, so the theory is that case rates would have been even higher without the high compliance rates in Asia. Classic unfalsifiable hypothesis.
The Bangladesh study that even mask advocates like to cite showed a 10% reduction in transmission, hardly worth all the depersonalization and discomfort that masks impose.
> High levels of community masking, including both source patients and exposed people, have been associated with reductions in infections ranging from 10% to 80%, with more protection when there is consistent mask-wearing in high-risk areas such as households.
Not to mention the link in that paragraph, which references 18 studies supporting the effectiveness of masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-br...
"Consistent mask wearing in high-risk areas such as households" just lol, yeah let me wear a mask over my face 24/7 forever so I can maybe catch SARS-CoV-2 six months later than I otherwise would have.
Vaccines have high level of evidence.
Closures probably don't have any evidence at all.
> Many commentators have claimed that a recently-updated Cochrane Review shows that 'masks don't work', which is an inaccurate and misleading interpretation.
> It would be accurate to say that the review examined whether interventions to promote mask wearing help to slow the spread of respiratory viruses, and that the results were inconclusive. Given the limitations in the primary evidence, the review is not able to address the question of whether mask-wearing itself reduces people's risk of contracting or spreading respiratory viruses.
As far as recommendations go in medicine go – thing can be recommended only if they have evidence. The review found that we don't have such evidence.
The results are hedged with might and could and they suggest further study would be a good thing, and it notes that their observations might be related to another thing that might be interesting in COVID patients.
There's no concrete tie in to COVID there and is really just commentary on 12 weeks of study that might lead somewhere that could be COVID related.
It literally doesn't even directly look at COVID, that connection is vague, indirect and couched in terms of "deserves a look".
Papers that address vaccine safety will look at large populations (and provide numbers and time frames) and provide hard numbers on various classes of outcomes.