On July 14, 2020, then CDC Director Robert Redfield said that if we wore masks, the pandemic would be over with within weeks.
Redfield went on to say that masks were more effective than vaccines:
“I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because it may be 70%. And if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me,” Redfield said. “This face mask will.”
Covid-19 cases then exploded in number, increasing by a factor of ten in spite of mask wearing compliance of 90 to 98% depending on region.
Face masks, empirically, had a very low efficacy. But the CDC Director and the media misrepresented their effectiveness – and the CDC Director asserted that masks are more effective than vaccine – which we now know to be a lie.
Yet it is this official misinformation (not the generic junk on social media) that has confused everyone. The media morons continue to lack any awareness of their own role in perpetuating this mass misinformation.