(FreedomBeacon.com)- The explosive assertions were made in a recent analysis published in a medical journal that analyzed mortality rates across the state of Kansas. The investigation found that mask regulations were the cause of increased COVID-19 death rates.
In February of 2022, the observational research titled “The Foegen Effect: A Mechanism by Which Facemasks Contribute to the COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate” was published in a journal called Medicine. The author of the study was a German physician named Zacharias Foegen.
The question of whether mandated mask wear affects the case fatality rate in Kansas was investigated in the period beginning August 1, 2020, and ending October 15th of the same year. Kansas was cited as a point of reference since the state allowed each of its 105 counties to determine for themselves whether or not to adopt mask regulations; 81 of those counties ultimately decided not to do so.
The article stated that the most important conclusion from this study is that contrary to the conventional idea that fewer people are dying because masks decrease infection rates, this was not the case.
The findings of this study provide compelling evidence that mask mandates caused approximately 1.5 times the number of deaths or roughly 50 percent more deaths compared to situations in which mask mandates were not in place.
The research also suggested a possible explanation for the risk ratio (RR) discrepancy for passing away from COVID-19.
This hypothesis, which has been given the moniker “the Foegen effect,” proposes that COVID-19 virions spread (because of their reduced size) further into the respiratory system.
They avoid the bronchi and are inhaled deep into the alveoli, where they have the potential to induce pneumonia rather than the more common bronchitis that a viral infection would cause.
According to the research study’s conclusion, these data show that mask use can cause a yet undiscovered hazard to the user rather than protecting them, making mask requirements a dubious epidemiologic intervention.