Many people claim that they “don’t buy” that putting masks on children’s faces, or on the faces of the adults caring for children, has any negative impact. This response ignores the developmental needs of children who rely on emotional expression far more than spoken words to make sense of the world. There are places in the western world today where tiny children are required to keep a mask on their face for the full day in child care / pre school. Mask mandates have become common across schools in Europe and America. In the name of trying to stop a microscopic virus which passes through the mask fabric with ease and which causes no harm to children anyway.
Children who breathe the virus don’t have the same physiological mechanisms required to help the virus enter their cells to cause damage. Living in a household with children has also been found to offer protection against Covid-19 disease to adults, likely due to small exposures acting like vaccination (British Medical Journal). Of course, those children and adults, if PCR tested for SARS-CoV-2, could well be “positive”, meaning in this day and age that they become a “case”. In fact, without illness they are no such thing, and far more likely to be immune. In cases of illness where no other organism is tested for, Covid labelled disease is easily a misdiagnosis. This type of case definition has never been implemented in public health before and ultimately it will need to cease or the pandemic will never be over. But perhaps that’s the plan?
Ignoring the psychological and developmental harm that masking causes to children, there is now ample evidence that masks cause physical harm. Not only to those at risk of Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI); or whose earlobes malform or who experience skin rashes or develop bacterial pneumonia. But to every child forced to mask-up. As reported in JAMA Paediatrics (Journal of American Medical Association) on 30 June 2021, the maximum safe carbon dioxide levels in a closed room are considered to be 2,000ppm. Researchers tested the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels being inhaled by children wearing masks to be at over 13,000ppm after only three minutes. Younger children had higher levels of up to 27,000ppm.
The short term physical impact of breathing too much CO2 include breathlessness, lethargy, headache, confusion, heart rhythm changes, muscle twitches and hand flaps. The long term physical impact can be convulsions, unconsciousness and death.
Mandated community masking does not help contain Covid-19 and it causes harm.
In every single location where mask mandates have been implemented, the virus “case counts” have followed patterns relating to numbers tested, seasonality, vaccination rollout (in multiple locations case counts have increased within a short time after rollout begins), and multiple other factors. Case counts have either not been impacted by mask mandates, or the impact has been slightly negative. Below are a few examples of hundreds.