On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control updated its childhood mask guidance in a release, which made parents infuriated!
Namely, unless fully vaccinated, schoolchildren should wear masks and continue to maintain 3-foot social distancing.
The CDC “guidance” includes information about childhood vaccinations and mask usage:
“Mask use is recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated including students, teachers, and staff. Children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.”
The CDC continued:
“In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. However, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission, CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.”
The CDC adds:
“Based on the needs of the community, school administrators may opt to make mask use universally required (i.e., required regardless of vaccination status) in the school.
Schools should be supportive of people who are fully vaccinated but choose to continue to wear a mask, as a personal choice or because they have a medical condition that may weaken their immune system. School administrators will also need to ensure their selected mask use policy does not conflict with local, state, and territorial laws, policies, and regulations.”
ABC reported on the new guidance:
“The new federal guidelines aren’t mandatory but are expected to influence school officials, local health departments and governors who are in the midst of preparing for students to return to the classroom full time this fall.
Students who are vaccinated don’t have to wear masks in school this fall unless they are riding the school bus or their school decides otherwise.”
The truth is that the risk to children posed by COVID is statistically negligible. According to a new Wall Street Journal report, the latest research proved that this is undeniably the case:
“Children are at extremely slim risk of dying from Covid-19, according to some of the most comprehensive studies to date, which indicate the threat might be even lower than previously thought.”
One study found:
“Some 99.995% of the 469,982 children in England who were infected during the year examined by researchers survived.
In fact, there were fewer deaths among children due to the virus than initially suspected. Among the 61 child deaths linked to a positive Covid-19 test in England, 25 were actually caused by the illness.”
Russell Viner, a professor of adolescent health at the University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and senior author on the study, said:
“England is a large enough country and it’s had enough Covid, sadly, that we have better data than almost anywhere else in the world on the risks. “
In the United States, there are around 100 million American citizens under 18, and the mortality risk posed to healthy young people is insignificant:
According to the CDC’s numbers, 331 people under 18 have died with COVID, and it is estimated elsewhere that 95% of mortality cases overall are people with serious multiple co-morbidities.
This means that a COVID survival rate in the U.S. of 99.9997%, including the vast majority who are “at-risk” due to underlying health conditions.
Moreover, childhood COVID vaccine administration has been tied by the CDC to rare cases of heart inflammation in young adults.
In June, a Centers for Disease Control advisory group released a statement on the ‘likely link’ between COVID-19 vaccinations and heart inflammation in rare cases.
In over 300 cases of reported myocarditis or pericarditis, a Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination preceded the heart condition.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group found an adverse reaction in vaccinated males between the ages of 16 and 24. The development of the heart condition was noted in adolescents and young adults and was considerably higher after the second dose in males.
Here is the medical risk breakdown:
According to the Washington Post, the lockdowns and mask mandates have caused lasting damage to children’s education, calling them a “lost generation.” The Post wrote:
“After the U.S. education system fractured into Zoom screens last spring, experts feared millions of children would fall behind. Hard evidence now shows they were right.”
Additionally, forcing children to wear masks, socially distance, and participate in distance learning is also taking a psychological toll.
Back in October, the Annual State of Mental Health in America demonstrated that anxiety and depression nationwide had hit an all-time high, and was hitting ‘young people the hardest.’
Numerous people worried that the Delta variant may lead to a repeat situation for the country, but it has proven to be even less deadly than the first wave of COVID for all demographics. NHS official figures show that it has a case survival rate of 99.9%.
To sum it all up, even if they were infected, the masks may be doing more damage to children’s health than COVID would.
A lab analysis from the University of Florida showed 11 dangerous pathogens on masks worn by children for just eight hours.
A newly-released study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics showed that carbon dioxide in masks was at unhealthy levels for children:
“The results found an average of 13,120 and 13,910 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the air inhaled by children while wearing surgical and filtering masks, respectively. Under German law, the carbon dioxide contents of a closed room cannot exceed 2000 ppm, more than six times less than the masked children were inhaling.”
The report went on:
“The results also found that carbon dioxide levels tended to increase the younger the children were, with one 7-year-old’s levels measured at 25,000 ppm. authors claim that most of the complaints made by children about wearing masks can be explained by increased carbon dioxide levels.”
Mask mandates have not proven to have an appreciable effect on COVID-related case rates or death rates. A recent CDC study found they have a 0.9%-1.9% effect on case rates if used for 100 days.
In the case of kids, this is statistically inconsequential.
Numerous academic studies and macro-analyses of state cases suggest that is no statistically significant difference in COVID cases between states with mask mandates and those without.
The authors found:
“Case growth was not significantly different between mandate and non-mandate states at low or high transmission rates, and surges were equivocal.”
Childhood mask mandates in schools were banned in a lot of states, including Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida, and there has been no subsequent difference in childhood COVID rates.
Plus, states that repealed mask mandates and social distancing rules entirely, like Texas and Florida, have also seen no statistical difference in case rates or deaths.