5 thoughts on “Masking Children”

  1. Not only for children. Bad for every breathing person.

    “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.”

    Published online 2020 Nov 22
    Facemasks in the COVID-19 era
    Cardiology Division, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System/Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United States

    1. Even here in Canada [Ottawa] we have people wearing the masks walking outside, or alone in their cars, which strikes me as stupid and unnecessary, unless they just can’t be bothered taking them on and off, in which case, fine I guess. Our authorities do not require masks except in indoor public spaces. Not at home, not outside.

      With that much, or little, wearing, I have a seriously hard time believing it has any impact on physical health at all. One still can get plenty of unimpeded fresh air. Unless you already have fairly serious respiratory or metabolic problems, I don’t get it. Even I am diabetic, HBP [both controlled with pills], have had bronchitis and pneumonia in the past, might be non-symptom asthmatic even [so I don’t want the flu again, really, let alone even a mild dose of COVID if I can avoid it] and the amount of mask time I am obliged to spend has had no discernible effect. Teleworking and some extra sleep might have improved my health, actually.

      The mental effects alleged surprise me even more, especially for adults. I’ve even struggled with depression and anxiety in past years. No effect from masking on that, either. It’s just a mask. It might not be that useful, but it’s not stressing me out either.

      I appreciate we’re all different. But I just don’t get it. Anymore than I get the overwrought side of the pro-mask panic.

      I did see a regular here comment about sleep apnea and flying- now that’s a real concern. I do hope that once we reach a point at which flying becomes a normal activity again, airlines will have reduced their hysteria on this point. I’ve been lucky- my employer will not authorize work travel for basically almost any reason and I have no wish or need to fly anywhere for myself. My parents are 80 and live in a harder hit city than mine- Toronto- still not bad by US standards, but I told them clearly there would be no visits either way for the duration.

  2. The masks are just the culmination of the industrial-scale child abuse America has perpetrated on its children for 2-3ish generations now. Our so called schools are fractally oppressive, regimented prisons designed to teach children one thing only: That they belong to someone else.

  3. Covid isn’t a hoax, but the reaction to it, particularly from the woke crowd, is overwrought with scientific fallacy and political opportunism.

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