So there was a research paper published last week (6/30) which detailed the results of a randomized controlled trial (the gold standard of science) testing the level of carbon dioxide being breathed in and out by kids who wore masks. Now much to the chagrin of those of you out there who think those like me in here are just stupid, selfish, science-denying, grandma-killers, this study was not published in QAnon Weekly or Conspiracy Theory Magazine, but in JAMA Pediatrics. The Journal of the American Medical Association is probably the second most prestigious medical journal in the U.S. so I’m not sure how you mask aficionados will deny this science. But you do you.
Some quotes from the study (caps mine for emphasis):
“Many governments have made nose and mouth covering or face masks compulsory for schoolchildren. The EVIDENCE BASE FOR THIS IS WEAK. The question whether nose and mouth covering increases carbon dioxide in inhaled air is CRUCIAL. A large-scale survey in Germany of adverse effects in parents and children using data of 25 930 children has shown that 68% OF THE PARTICIPATING CHILDREN had problems when wearing nose and mouth coverings.”
“The normal content of carbon dioxide in the open is about 0.04% by volume (ie, 400 ppm). A level of 0.2% by volume or 2000 ppm is the limit for closed rooms according to the German Federal Environmental Office, and EVERYTHING BEYOND THIS LEVEL IS UNACCEPTABLE.”
“We measured means (SDs) between 13 120 (384) and 13 910 (374) ppm of carbon dioxide in inhaled air under surgical and filtering facepiece 2 (FFP2) masks, which is HIGHER THAN WHAT IS ALREADY DEEMED UNACCEPTABLE by the German Federal Environmental Office BY A FACTOR OF 6. This was a value REACHED AFTER 3 MINUTES of measurement… The YOUNGEST CHILDREN had the HIGHEST VALUES, with one 7-year-old child’s carbon dioxide level measured at 25 000 ppm.”
“Most of the complaints reported by children can be understood as CONSEQUENCES OF ELEVATED CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS in inhaled air. This is because of the dead-space volume of the masks, which collects exhaled carbon dioxide quickly after a short time. This carbon dioxide mixes with fresh air and elevates the carbon dioxide content of inhaled air under the mask, and this was MORE PRONOUNCED in this study for YOUNGER CHILDREN.”
“This leads in turn to impairments attributable to hypercapnia. A recent review concluded that there was AMPLE EVIDENCE for ADVERSE EFFECTS of wearing such masks. We suggest that decision-makers weigh the HARD EVIDENCE produced by these experimental measurements accordingly, which suggest that CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO WEAR MASKS.”
In case you prefer to consume your data in table form:
So this seems to be pretty substantive evidence, some might even call it SCIENCE AND DATA, to say we should stop making our poor kids wear those stupid masks which I have previously and repeatedly shown you from every angle imaginable are providing essentially no protection anyway. And that’s no protection against a virus which poses no risk to kids to begin with. What the hell are we doing?
Take this article to your kid’s camp and start sending it to the superintendent of your school system. Here in New Jersey the genius who runs our state has said there will be no school mask mandate come September but I wouldn’t bet any folding money on that. This has to stop. How much damage are we willing to visit upon our children? If you continue to put a mask on your child, shame on you.