Bartholomeus Lakeman

Dear Public Health England,
Please provide the information and/or answers regarding the following issues:
1) The Packaged blue mask is "sterilized" with Ethylene Oxide: a neurotoxic and carcinogenic substance (https:/ /n.neurology.org/content/46/4/992). Wearing said mask for extended periods and repeatedly inhaling this substance: why would this not increase the risk of Cancer?
2) The Filter in commercial masks are made with PTFE (which along with other chemicals makes up Teflon): When repeatedly inhaling PTFE for extended periods: why would this not lead to lung cancer?
3) The repetitive use of a cloth mask causes the Re-breathing of one’s own viral debris and carbon dioxide. Why would this not increase the risks of facial, throat, lung infections, and a positive CPR test?
4) Operating rooms, to compensate for the reduction in oxygen flow from mask wearing; are supplied with extra oxygen. Repetitive use, for longer periods of a Mask can cause stress, anxiety, the reduction of cognitive functions, organ failure or damage. Then where is the evidence for wearing a mask repetitively for more than 3 hours a day; to be safe?
5) Medical grade masks can be effective against bacteria as their average size is 0.5 to 2.0 microns. Yet the maximum size of SARS-VoC-2 virus is between 0.06 and 0.14 microns. Then where is the proof of that wearing a mask stops the spreading of said Covid19 virus?
6) For a person to advise or impose the wearing of a mask: Does such person need an indemnity insurance? Iif not: Why not?
7) In case you cannot provide the above requested information. Then why is advising or enforcing to wear a mask not a breach of the Fraud Act 2006?
8) In case you cannot provide the above requested information. Then why do you not provide (in an accessible manner) to those who want to travel: an official exemption card?

Yours faithfully,

Bartholomeus Lakeman

FOI, Public Health England

Dear Bartholomeus Lakeman,

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Bartholomeus Lakeman

Dear FOI,
PHE being the scientific advisory organ for health policies: it is due to their advice that the wearing of a mask has been imposed. However, its Viability to the vindication of a class of human rights (the facial expression of identity, having social contact, and protecting health) demands its impartial reasoning and objectivity. PHE is responsible for providing such information (the pro and cons of wearing a mask) so that the public can give an informed consent to said policy. Particularly when (prior to when some ministers were setting the ‘science’) the scientific studies show that wearing a mask does not reduce a viral infection, and that it poses various health risks: as expressed in this FOI.

Yours sincerely,
Bartholomeus Lakeman

FOI, Public Health England

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Dear Bartholomeus Lakeman,

 

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request.

 

FOI Team

Public Accountability Unit

Public Health England

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Tel: 020 8327 6920 

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FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Bartholomeus Lakeman,

Public Health England (PHE) can confirm your request is not caught by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as you have not made a request for recorded information held by PHE. Under Section 16 of the FOI Act, public authorities have a duty to provide advice and assistance to requesters. In view of this PHE would like to clarify, the Act provides the public with access to recorded information held by public authorities about their activities.

Public Accountability Unit

Public Health England

[Public Health England request email]

Tel: 020 8327 6920

www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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Bartholomeus Lakeman

Dear Public Health England,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Public Health England's handling of my FOI request 'risks of wearing a Mask'.
Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for providing guidance and advice to government and front-line services for all aspects of public health. It is a designated Category 1 responder organisation under the Civil Contingency Act and this specifically includes the COVID-19 response, providing clinical expertise and wider public health advice and guidance across national and local government, the NHS and third sector. As such, it should have the details as requested in this FOI on record. Regardless whether this FOI is formulated as a request for data or an opinion: whereas the (by the PHE) advised masks to be used by the public imposes on the public a significant risk; such as it has been outlined in this FOI.

Further, the effectiveness of surgical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection has been assessed in the “Danmask-19 Trial” published on Nov. 18, 2020 in the Annals of Internal Medicine (https://www.acpjournals.org/ doi/10.7326/M20-6817). The findings and results of this scientific-qualified study show that Masks do not statistically significantly reduce the incidence of infection. Said Danish study included 3,030 individuals assigned to wear a surgical face mask and 2,994 unmasked controls. Of them, 80.7% completed the study. This large randomized controlled trial found that:
a) Among mask wearers, 1.8% ended up testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, compared to 2.1% among controls. When they removed the people, who did not adhere to proper mask use, the results remained the same — 1.8%, which suggests adherence makes no significant difference;
b) Among those who reported wearing their face mask “exactly as instructed,” 2% tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 compared to 2.1% of the controls;
c) 1.4% tested positive for antibodies at the end of the month-long study compared to 1.8% of controls
d) 0.5% in the mask group and 0.6% (control group) tested positive for one or more respiratory viruses other than SARS-CoV-2
e) the recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, of statistical significance, the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in mask wearers in a setting where social distancing and other public health measures were in effect;
f) the Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is mainly spread via aerosols, which might penetrate or circumnavigate a face mask may take place through multiple routes. Which contradicts the argument that the primary route of SARS-CoV-2 spread is via droplets.

The above findings are compatible with the findings of a review of randomized controlled trials of the efficacy of face masks for prevention (as personal protective equipment) against influenza virus. E.g. (1) Dr. Carl Heneghan ‘It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks’ (https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/masking-la... 2) The WHO ‘The widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider’ (http://bitly.ws/afUm); 3) The CDC ‘Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza’ (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/1... 4) Reviewing the mask policies in various states in the US: Cases exploded even with mandates ( https://t.co/1hRFHsxe59); 5) Yinon Weiss’ work (https:/ /thefederalist.com/2020/10/29/) comparing the effects of different mask policies in 12 countries. Weiss points out that “No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced; nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.”

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,
Bartholomeus Lakeman

FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Bartholomeus Lakeman,

We acknowledge receipt of your email, which will be treated as a request for an internal review, following your requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note we aim to complete your internal review within 20 working days from the day following the date of receipt of your request. We will notify you if we anticipate the internal review taking longer than 20 working days.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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FOI, Public Health England

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Dear Bartholomeus Lakeman,

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request. PHE would like to apologise for the delay in its response, which is due to the high volume of requests it has been receiving during the pandemic.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

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