“Masking up reduces rates of infection!”
According to a Danish study? Not significantly:
The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection.
“OK, but a complete lockdown-level quarantine will do the trick!”
According to a study of the most controllable experimental subjects of all – US Marine recruits at boot camp – not really:
The virus still spread, though 90% of those who tested positive were without symptoms [18 year olds in perfect, military-grade health? Go figure – Ed.]. Incredibly, 2% of the CHARM recruits still contracted the virus, even if all but one remained asymptomatic. “Our study showed that in a group of predominantly young male military recruits, approximately 2% became positive for SARS-CoV-2, as determined by qPCR assay, during a 2-week, strictly enforced quarantine.”
Science is, of course, asking questions and testing theories as rigorously as you can. Two studies do not cause science to “settle”.
But the way the media is misreporting these studies, if they report them at all, is a little galling.