Which masks and PPE work best for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Which masks and PPE work best for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is the talk of the town these days. But, what PPE actually works? What forms of PPE can actually stop the transmission of dangerous pathogens and infectious diseases?

Below is a compilation of studies assembled by Dr. Dan Stock, first made public during his presentation to the Mt. Vernon School Board in August 2021 so you can make the best decision for you, your loved ones and your organization.

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Click on the links to access the following studies:

1. SARS-CoV2-Transmission Among Marine Recruits during Quarantine.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

2. Longitudinal analysis shows durable and broad immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection with persisting antibody responses and memory B and T cells.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

3. Vitamin D for prevention of respiratory tract infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE.

4. Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

5. CDC assessment of non-pharmaceutical influenza methods. 

6. Federalist cases/mortality mask comparison

7. Heritage Foundation Study - In fact, mask use during the pandemic has been recommended by The Heritage Foundation’s Coronavirus Commission guidelines. However, our findings do suggest that public health strategies relying predominantly on mask mandates are inadequate, and thus other initiatives, in addition to mask wearing, should have been a component of policies aimed to limit the spread of the disease. 

8. Declaration of Great Barrington- The Great Barrington Declaration- As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. Over 60,000 medical experts have signed this declaration. 

9. Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

10. Calcifediol Treatment and Hospital Mortality Due to COVID-19: A Cohort Study A PDF of the study can be found HERE

11. Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

12. Calcifediol treatment and COVID-19-related outcomes
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

13. "Effect of calcifediol treatment and best available therapy versus best available therapy on intensive care unit admission and mortality among patients hospitalized for COVID-19: A pilot randomized clinical study.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

14. Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers
A PDF of the study can be found HERE.

15. Community Use Of Face Masks And COVID-19: Evidence From A Natural Experiment Of State Mandates In The US
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

16. Face-Masks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis

17. Infection Fatality Ratios for COVID-19 Among Non-Institutionalized Persons 12 and Older: Results of a Random-Sample Prevalence Study
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

18. Open Schools, COVID-19, and Child and Teacher Morbidity in Sweden.
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

19. Face-Masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: a systematic review
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

20. Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gathering- Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021
A PDF of the study can be found HERE

21. Short term, high-dose vitamin D supplementation for COVID-19 disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled, study
A PDF of the study can be found HERE.

22. Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 8, 2020)
A PDF of the study can be found HERE


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