"Not a retraction"....the pushback

Not surprisingly, the lead author of the now-infamous mask study is defending her findings and claiming her data still demonstrate superiority of N95s over surgical masks for protection against influenza. She also claims (as does another IOM member) that this study didn't influence the IOM report.

Really? Dr. McIntyre was a member of the IOM committee, and her recent comments make it quite clear that she long ago decided which mask should be used during influenza epidemics.....to claim that the work her group presented to IOM did not influence the final report is laughable. Us infection control types might not be sharp enough to detect critical flaws in a cluster randomized trial analysis......but we're not stupid.


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