Childhood is supposed to be a time when your biggest concerns are toys, playdates, chicken fingers and french fries. Instead, in 2020 we masked our kids, kept them away from their friends and classmates, and made them eat their lunch at their desks. This was the story for millions of children during the 2020 school year. What was most unfortunate was that for some kids, like those in pre-k and kindergarten, this was their first experience with school. Beyond the many negative social impacts on the children from these masks, there are also major health concerns.
While the NIH and CDC have issued reports showing that children are not a high-risk group, and there is no benefit for them from wearing masks, schools and child care facilities insisted they wear them; sometimes for 8-10 hours a day. It’s unfortunate they did not see the study put out by the NIH earlier this year outlining the physiological and psychological effects, and coming to this conclusion:
The existing scientific evidence challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.
After months of watching their children suffer with rashes, labored breathing, throat and respiratory infections, parents are taking back the reins, and doing their own research. One group of parents sent their childrens’ used masks for lab analysis and what they discovered was horrifying.
The reports from the lab found multiple, “quite dangerous” bacteria samples in the tested masks, among them streptococcus pneumoniae, mycobacterium tuberculosis, staphylococcus aureus, and numerous others.
In some cases, the lab technicians pointedly underscored the dangers presented by the bacteria. Noting the presence of neisseria meningitidis in the masks, the technicians wrote that the bacterium “causes meningitis and life-threatening sepsis,” while another bacteria, staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 Strep can result in a “severe invasive infection.”
Kari Basso, the director of the University of Florida lab, said the masks were “submitted as a service for a fee, similar to sending a blood test to Lab Core.”
She declined to comment on the findings, though she confirmed that the reports were written directly by the lab technicians.
Many schools have implemented strict mask mandates for children who returned to in-person instruction, though data have regularly indicated that children remain at very low risk for catching or spreading SARS-Cov-2.