The Great PPE Conspiracy
An Unspoken Theory of International Fraud
If you read the Pandemic Accountability Index, then you've almost certainly heard the phrase "masks don't work," smashed into your face like a blunt object over these past few years. Much like any professional liar knows, there is a little truth to this: cut up t-shirts and simple cloth are ineffective Personal Protective Equipment to prevent infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. That's not the point of this piece, or really up for debate. As we talked about engineering & medicine previously, a lot of research & development goes into developing and deploying personal protective equipment - that does not involve randomized control trials.
Now, an N95 respirator such as the 3M Aura, or an elastomeric P100 respirator - properly fit tested and worn, will protect you from aerosols containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is socially transmitted by exhalation from people infected with COVID-19, even asymptomatically. How does this work? In layman's terms, static electricity filters out the virus from the air you breathe in.
Here's a simple video explainer as a visual aid:
A lot of hard work and technical knowledge goes into the research and development of personal protective equipment to protect workers on-the-job from various hazards, including the airborne virus behind the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This is your engineering field at work: much like hard hats protect your skull from blunt force trauma, or bullet-resistant kevlar vests protect policemen and soldiers from gunshot wounds, a properly utilized N95 or better rated respirator will protect you from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Actually, let's take a quick aside to talk about "bulletproof" vests - they're not actually "bulletproof," but you don't see fake experts screeching on Twitter and Youtube that police and militaries should stop mandating their deployment. These vests are produced to various standards - Level 1, Level 3, etc. - and designed for different purposes. Your standard police officer isn't likely to encounter a fully automatic M60 machine gun shooting 7.62mm full metal jacket armor-penetrating rounds, so why burden him with unnecessary Level 3 kevlar when he's much more likely to encounter a 9mm handgun shooting hollow-point ammunition?
Even when shot whilst wearing a kevlar vest, it still hurts like hell as the kevlar plate stops a supersonic lead projectile from entering the body. Your body will likely develop an intense bruise as a lead projectile slams into your body whilst breaking the speed of sound. Regardless, we don't use this pain as an excuse to say, "vests don't work," and leave people unprotected from potentially fatal harm - it's ridiculous claim to make, yet rightoid gun fetishists can’t carry this logic over to an airborne virus.
As it became widely understood in 2021 that SARS-CoV-2 is airborne, people moved away from cloth and surgical masks as droplet-rated personal protective equipment, and onto N95 or better rated respirators to filter out the virus before it could enter their lungs. However, many vocal detractors such as UCSF's Vinay Prasad, useless uneducated dork Justin Hart, and rightoid billionaire Jeffrey Tucker went hard to work decrying the N95 respirator as a SARS-CoV-2 prevention measure.
In fact, Dr. Jefferson of the Brownstone Institute, with countless rightoid screeds based in fantasy written to his name, engineered a dubious Cochrane "meta-analysis" of cherry picked RCTs to try and prove that N95 respirators didn't work. A "gold standard" of "high-quality evidence" became the talking point of the day, and gullible writers like Liz Highleyman of Slate and Bret Williams of the NYT cited this publication... without actually reading and critically examining the mountain of bullshit Jefferson had amassed. You can read more about this here. Cochrane went from a highly respected publication... to a meme, overnight - a deeply embarrassing moment for the institution, which has yet to issue a full retraction. You can read a full breakdown of this pitiful debacle here:
What was left unsaid, and is much more concerning, is this: is that these pro-viral detractors are alleging that companies such as 3M, Armhurst, BNX, and others are engaged in a vast international conspiracy to manufacture and sell fraudulent PPE to healthcare workers and others around the world. This is a very serious allegation of a criminal conspiracy that whilst not explicitly stated, is very obviously implied. These products and their manufacturers are frankly being defamed by vocal pro-viral influencers in service of personal profit - Substack subscription fees, Youtube ad revenue, public speaking fees, and so on. There's a lot of money to be made as a sycophant for pestilence.
So just how do we solve this problem? Unfortunately, a no-name internet publication doesn't have nearly as many resources as say…a massive international corporation with billions of dollars in revenue, that could afford a massive legal team.
Here's a real solution: sue the bastards. All of them.
We here at the Pandemic Accountability Index have documented countless claims from public figures who have engaged in what could easily be considered product defamation and grounds for a civil lawsuit, thanks to the protected status of corporate personhood in America.
Here are some prime examples of public figures that have defamed the N95 products of manufacturers such as 3M, BNX, Honeywell, Dentec, Readimask Safesource, the American Medical Manufacturers Association, etc:
•University of California San Francisco's Vinay Prasad
•Pro-viral grifter and illiterate “activist” Justin Hart
•Shamez Ladhani, United Kingdom pediatrician
•Brent A. Williams, Mount Sinai nephrologist
•Simon Goddek, unemployable hydrophonics grifter
•Eli Klein, New York based art gallery bully & reality show creep
•Techbro Alex Rampell
•Andrew Bostom, Medical Doctor
•Kevin Bass, Texas Tech University Medical Student
•Michael P Senger, pro-viral influencer and joke of an author
•Ian Miller, pro-viral influencer with a book decrying PPE under his very name
All of these people made a name for themselves and profited from a campaign of defamation against the products that these companies produce. Many members of the public were given complete fiction, including a completely inadequate and fictitious “meta-analysis” that was boosted in Slate and the New York Times. There is good reason to believe that many members of the public would have gone out and purchased these products if given accurate, reliable information - instead of complete works of fiction.
Every single one of these fraudulent self-appointed engineering experts should be dragged in front of a courtroom and forced to testify under oath just how they know what they claim complete expert knowledge on. They are actively declaring, to a wide public audience, that this Personal Protective Equipment product does not work, and manufacturers, such as the international corporation 3M, are engaged in a criminal conspiracy to manufacture and distribute ineffective PPE to workers around the globe. These pro-viral influencers have engaged in defamatory behavior and made outlandish allegations without sufficient evidence to defend them. Frauds like Prasad, Miller, and Jefferson have made these allegations repeatedly, and on video as well as in text. They should be forced to defend these claims in a court of law, and if found guilty of defamation, forced to pay severe financial penalties.
If you are publicly accused of doing a horrible thing (making and selling fraudulent product) and the accusation is false, you have a legal right to seek compensation for being the victim of defamatory speech. As America's legal system affords personhood to faceless corporations, many people who might have purchased a 3M branded N95 respirator were dissuaded by this fraudulent speech - causing direct financial harm to the revenue of the 3M corporation. Companies like 3M should make their detractors testify in a courtroom about the certainty of their claims.
Let me tell you exactly how this will go:
The mask manufacturer who initiates this lawsuit will send their R&D engineers to testify as to how they prove that their products work. There will be zero mention of unethical “randomized control trials.” It will be made obvious the technical complexities of engineering personal protective equipment and how we survey their effectiveness. This is only half the battle, however.
Now the defendant takes the stand - and under ruthless cross-examination, we force them to produce the “high quality” evidence that substantiates their frequent and outlandish claims. As we’ve documented on the Pandemic Accountability Index for months now - surprise, surprise… they have none. These frauds have engaged in an extended campaign on misleading the public, and directly profited from it whilst sabotaging the revenue of multiple American companies via outright lies based upon cocked up nonsense presented as scientific revelation.
Easiest check ever cashed. Hopefully, this will put a dent in the endless flood of manure that is dumped upon social media channels. Unfortunately, one fears that these manufacturers might be too cowardly to defend their own product in the court of law, especially when so much potential revenue and human lives are at stake.
Frankly, it would also be ridiculously entertaining to watch.