Lab analysis of face masks

Interesting in its own depressing way: A Group Of Parents Sent Their Kids’ Face Masks to A Lab for Analysis. Here’s What They Found.

Via press release:

Gainesville, FL (June 16, 2021) – A group of parents in Gainesville, FL, concerned about potential harms from masks, submitted six face masks to a lab for analysis. The resulting report found that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi, including three with dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria. No viruses were detected on the masks, although the test is capable of detecting viruses.

The analysis detected the following 11 alarmingly dangerous pathogens on the masks:

• Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)

• Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)

• Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)

• Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)

• Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs— resistant to antibiotics)

• Escherichia coli (food poisoning)

• Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)

• Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)

• Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires’ disease)

• Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates)

• Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis)

Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.

The face masks studied were new or freshly-laundered before wearing and had been worn for 5 to 8 hours, most during in-person schooling by children aged 6 through 11. One was worn by an adult. A t-shirt worn by one of the children at school and unworn masks were tested as controls. No pathogens were found on the controls. Proteins found on the t-shirt, for example, are not pathogenic to humans and are commonly found in hair, skin, and soil.

A parent who participated in the study, Ms. Amanda Donoho, commented that this small sample points to a need for more research: “We need to know what we are putting on the faces of our children each day. Masks provide a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow.”

And not just children, of course. The need for caution applies to everyone who wears a mask.

And as an added bonus there are alternatives:


AND THEN I CAME ACROSS THIS: New studies: Plexiglass does nothing; masks carry diseases; lockdowns destroyed 40% of all small businesses which takes the story a bit farther.

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31 Responses to Lab analysis of face masks

  1. Rabbi Putin says:

    Pretty obvious for anyone with common sense, which is no one in the Victorian regime.

  2. Rosie says:

    Wearing the same mask for 5 to 8 hours is gross.

    Why are little kids being made to wear them?

    Even in Melbourne under 12s are exempt.

  3. Indolent says:

    It should never, ever have been made compulsory. If you want to breath foul air the decision should be up to you and no one else. My body, my choice.

  4. Carpe Jugulum says:

    I would be curious to see what the CFU (colony forming units) were in the testing, what medium were used, in what atmospheres and identification methods

  5. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Anyone with a functioning brain was aware of the uselessness (and toxicity) of face nappies from the get go.

    Yet another reason why I want to slowly garrotte the vile totalitarian mongrels responsible for foisting them on a gullible cowed populace.

  6. Carpe Jugulum says:

    I also note they used a worn t-shirt as a control that cultured no potential pathogens. What a absolute crock of shit, it should have cultured at least S. Aureus and S. Saprophiticus from the armpits, Branhamella Catharralis from the collar Andre. Coli at the waist and at least cultured some form of aspergillis on random culture.

    I’m not buying this

  7. Carpe Jugulum says:

    E. Coli, stupid autocorrect

  8. Howard Hill says:

    Masks were only ever compulsory for stupid people that didn’t bother to read the rules!

    I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a face mask, do I need a medical certificate stating I don’t need to wear a face mask?

    You do not need a medical certificate stating that you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask. If you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask, you do not need to apply for an exemption or permit.

    If you are stopped by police in a setting where face masks are mandatory, they will ask you to confirm the lawful reason you are not wearing a face mask.

  9. Rex Anger says:

    E. Coli, stupid autocorrect

    Andre’s his cousin? 😉

  10. John Bayley says:

    I wrote here back in about April last year that masks DO NOT WORK.
    We ‘only’ have some 45 years of experience of this.
    There were studies done in the 80s already showing beyond any reasonable doubt that masks are worse than useless even in operating theatres.
    There were people here who disagreed.
    I hope they have since learned.
    This is a scam. It has been a scam from Day 1.
    What else is new.

  11. Muddy says:

    The state protects us.
    If you are questioning the state, you are a threat to that protection. You are a threat to our safety.
    Once we identify you as a threat, we will choose one of three options to respond: Flight, Freeze, or Fight.
    Whatever option we choose, your actions (including words) are redundant. You have been identified as a threat. End of story.
    No-one listens attentively, with an open mind, to a threat. There isn’t time. We aren’t wired like that. Safety first.

    Identify threat.
    Divert resources from unnecessary parts and functions to ensure survival.
    All else is extraneous.

  12. covid ate my homework says:

    But the “Experts” say…. as the old saying goes, the definition of an EXPERT is someone who know more and more about less and less.

  13. Xenophon says:

    Readers who wonder what this is about will need to understand that Mr Kates got lost on a trek into Trumpia and gas remained somewhat lost in the land where justifying the once POTUS’ damaging denial of any risk in covid became traumatic. Roughly around the 600,000 deaths of citizens. Hopefully Mr Kates will find hone and recover in tine to resume his no doubt perfectly lucid teaching of young people at RMIT. Or not.

  14. a happy little debunker says:

    I would point out that in the US ‘freshly laundered’ usually means dried in a machine rather than exposed to the sun’s UV cleansing rays.
    These air dryers operate at temperatures well below that required to kill of the pathogens.
    I suspect that many US recorded cases were as a result of people using these ‘freshly laundered’ pathogens and viruses…

  15. covid ate my homework says:

    Well Xenophon has been identified as an expert and he can’t spell for shit!

  16. Dot says:

    Molnupiravir – let’s hope it works out as a general drug against colds, flu and Coronaviruses.

    I have seen conflicting reports on its origins – some say anti influenza, some say coronaviruses such as MERS.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Maybe we should do a Nuclear Milkman and wear our underpants on our heads.
    Roughly as hygienic.

  18. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Spurgeon , Garotte ! Can I turn the screw a couple of times please ? Is there a mirror in front of them so I can see the effect ? Fun times !

  19. K2 says:

    Masks are only about submission to tyranny/fascism.

  20. K2 says:

    And humiliation, which aids the cause, and gives the sick xunts hard-ons.

  21. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Fauci also said masks were effectively useless against viruses in Feb last year.
    Ho hum?

  22. egg_ says:

    CHO’s with stethoscopes draped over their shoulders.

    People in facemasks.

    Get with the theatrics, peoples.

  23. Ooh Honey Honey says:

    There is a very strong correlation between the size of a business (smaller), its likelihood to fail during a lockdown (greater), its degree of union organisation (lower), and the degree to which its policies and behaviours are moldable by public opinion/social media pressure (lower).
    Believe me it suits governments, and the Andrews government in particular, that small businesses fail during lockdowns. Suits them down to the ground.

  24. cuckoo says:

    Incredibly, the story about plexiglass screens being useless against infection got a run in the Age. The reasoning presented in the article also demolishes masks, but of course they still got an endorsement. Basically, if you are in a room with someone, both of you unmasked but with a screen between you, there is no protection from infection because you are, in the words of the quoted scientist, “still breathing the same air”. So if you are in the same room with the same person with masks but no screen, what are you breathing then?

  25. Shy Ted says:

    Fortunately no one reads these things so the facts will not get out.

  26. rickw says:

    Hardly surprising. The problem is obvious. Why I do my best not to wear one.

    Masks are completely disgusting.

  27. rickw says:

    Munty triple masks doesn’t he?

  28. David Tanner says:

    No one seems to realize that what is on the masks has come from the environment in which the kids were living and that the masks were actually filtering out the shit that would otherwise got into their systems. We all live in a dirty environment, so perhaps we should wear masks all the time. I might also point out that there is less influenza about because we are wearing masks.


  29. Xenophon says:

    I should also note that if the US had followed medical advice rather than the random nonsense of Trump and others would have been avoided. Currently 600,000 deaths versus population weighted oz equivalent of 12000.
    The anti advice memes are the equivalent of sabotage and to the extent anyone follows the perps are traitors who should be deported.

  30. faceache says:

    Xenophon, your arithmetic is atrocious. What are the approximate sizes of of the US and Oz populations. Over to you to figure it out.

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