4) Fake science
For decades, studies have shown that face masks don’t work against respiratory virus epidemics.
But with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and increasing political pressure (see reason #6), suddenly studies appeared claiming the opposite.
In reality, these studies were a mixture of confounded observational data, unrealistic modelling and lab results, and outright fraud.
The most influential fraudulent study certainly was the
WHO–commissioned meta-study published in The Lancet.
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