Masks should be optional
Updated: Jun 21
Medical decisions should always be left to the individual and in a child's case to his parents. There have been extensive studies done on the use of masks that show they are not effective at mitigating the spread of COVID -19.
According to Doctors Brosseau and Sietsema, who are experts in respiratory protection, infectious disease and are the authors of this particular article for CIDRAP ( Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy), they state that "we do, however, have data from laboratory studies that indicate that cloth masks or face coverings offer very low filter collection efficiency for the smaller inhalable particles we believe are largely responsible for transmission..." Also, in their article " The CDC failed to reference the National Academies of Science Rapid Expert Consultation on the effectiveness of fabric masks for the Covid-19 pandemic which concludes, 'there is little evidence regarding the transmission of small, aerosolized particles of the size potentially exhaled by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals with Covid-19.' "
From the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) Dr. Shane Neilson writes " The widespread misconception about the use of surgical masks- that wearing them protects against the transmission of a virus is a problem of the kind theorized by German sociologist Ulrich Beck." These are just a few of the studies delegitimizing the use of masks as a means to protect against Covid-19.
There was also a study done on the trove of bacteria, parasites and germs that the masks collect, causing mask wearing to potentially be harmful with long term use. Can you imagine kids wearing a mask for 6-8 hours a day? The number of dangerous pathogens that are most likely collected by that mask throughout the day will actually have a harmful effect on their health whereas just being allowed to breathe fresh air improves the lung function and boosts immunity.
Also, the masks can pose a distraction, affect mental health in many cases is more of an obstacle in the classroom than anything else. We need to unmask our kids and let them breathe. Let them see facial expressions, hear their teachers speak without being muffled. This alone would do wonders at helping to improve the overall dynamic and environment in the classroom and school. Dr. Shane makes the following statement "I propose that the surgical mask is a symbol that protects from the perception of risk by offering non-protection to the public while causing behaviors that project risk into the future." This is exactly what we're doing. We're creating future behavioral, health and mental issues with the imposition of an unconstitutional, anti-science mask mandate. At best it should be optional.