Netherlands Refuses To Mandate Face Masks; Sweden Says They Are ‘Pointless’
“There is no proven effectiveness”.
The Netherlands has decided not to mandate the wearing of any face masks in public, citing the fact that there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are effective against the spread of the coronavirus.
“From a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks” announced Netherlands Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.
The country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM) noted that it is aware of studies from other countries that purport to show masks slow the spread of disease, but will not be heeding them. Indeed, RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel warned that wearing masks incorrectly, in addition to the effect masks have of eroding the perceived need for social distancing, could increase the risk of transmission because of a “false sense of security”.
“So we think that if you’re going to use masks (in a public setting) … then you must give good training for it,” he said.
Within the past week in the Netherlands, around 1400 new COVID-19 cases were reported, which equates to 342 more than the week before.
In Sweden, meanwhile, senior Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell declared that there is “no point” in wearing masks in public. “We see no point in wearing a face mask, not even on public transport,” Tegnell said. Sweden, which has not even instituted a lock down at any time, appears to be seeing a downward trend in cases in much the same trajectory the UK. As at the beginning of this week, Sweden announced just 398 new cases, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 one month ago.
“The curves go down, and the curves over the seriously ill begin to be very close to zero. As a whole, it is very positive,” Tegnell asserted.
Those in the UK who have been pushing for ever-more ridiculous rules and regulations from Face Masks to 60 million under House Arrest have been absolutely desperate for Sweden to fail. They're willing the death toll to rise in the country just so they can say "I told you so". The fact that it appears to be doing better than the UK without taking the measures we've been forced to do proves that they are not needed. Sweden represents a thorn in the side of Ferguson and Whitty as it blows a massive whole in their theory. Because of this, Sweden has all but disappeared from mainstream media because, like so many other things Vision News has reported, it doesn't fit the narrative.