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There Were No Mask Mandates for Tuberculosis in 2018: Why Mask Mandates Now?

According to the WHO, in 2018, 1.5 million people died of Tuberculosis (a highly contagious and infectious disease). The WHO, HHS, and CDC never suggested that Americans wear masks or practice social distancing during this "outbreak".

Something to ponder - why are they suggesting masks for a virus with a 98% recovery rate?

Here are some TB quick facts per Thomas E Herchline, MD and colleagues

Tuberculosis (TB) is a multisystemic disease with myriad presentations and manifestations, and is the most common cause of infectious disease–related mortality worldwide. Although TB rates are decreasing in the United States, the disease is becoming more common in many parts of the world. In addition, the prevalence of drug-resistant TB is increasing worldwide.

Symptoms of TB vary depending on the type of TB infection.


Physical measures (if possible or practical) include the following:

  • Isolate patients with possible TB in a private room with negative pressure

  • Have medical staff wear high-efficiency disposable masks sufficient to filter the bacillus

  • Continue isolation until sputum smears are negative for 3 consecutive determinations (usually after approximately 2-4 weeks of treatment)


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