Why I don’t support masking children.

RSV is more dangerous and prevalent, and kills our children at twice the rate of Covid, but people haven’t lost their fucking minds over it. Shall we bundle our kids in bubble wrap and never let them leave the house again?

A recent study conducted by Waterloo University confirms: N95 grade masks are the only ones that somewhat work to stop transmission.

Unfortunately, habitual use of N95 masks do not come without their own health risks. CDC officials have dismissed concerns about prolonged mask use causing hypoxia by showing us data proving that wearing a mask does not lower oxygen levels in our bloodstream. But this does not explain why so many struggle to breathe while wearing an N95 mask for more than a short period of time.

Oftentimes, for the whole truth, we need to look at studies that have nothing to do with Covid-19, or ones that are not meant for the general public… like this article, written for surgical staff to help them learn how to overcome “physiologic implications” invoked by prolonged N95 mask usage. N95 masks won’t reduce your oxygen levels, but they will make your body work harder for it.

“N95 mask use noticeably increases inhaled carbon dioxide, reduces inspired oxygen, and increases the work of breathing.”

The above conditions will force your body to compensate in order to maintain proper oxygen levels, and the symptoms of this reaction are not insignificant.

“Symptoms include sweating, visual changes, headache, dyspnea, increased irritability, and decreased reasoning, alertness, and exercise endurance. Independently, the inspired oxygen of 17% (normal, 21%), yields headache, lightheadedness, drowsiness, muscular weakness, dyspnea on exertion, nausea, and vomiting. Simultaneously, the augmented resistance to inspiratory (15% of maximum) and expiratory flow, when experienced for greater than 10 min, results in respiratory alkalosis, increased lactate levels, fatigue, and impaired physical work capacity.”

Do the benefits outweigh the risks? That’s probably something a parent should decide, in consultation with their pediatrician, based on the individual circumstances of their own children. If a parent wants their child to wear a mask (either an effective N95 or a useless one) — all day, every day, five days a week — we probably shouldn’t stop them. But no parent should be forced to put their children through this.

The article, published in an anesthesia magazine, goes on to explain exercises to help surgical staff improve “conditioning of respiratory muscle strength and respiratory muscle endurance” to help them breath easier while masking… but good luck trying to teach children these techniques and the discipline to practice them.

Before evaluating the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine for children, please read the product label first.

More to Consider:

Published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene: P/KN95 masks don’t cause Hypoxia, but wearing one for more than an hour at a time does reduce your O2 and increase your CO2 enough to make you feel like crap.

Why most children are practically bullet proof against Covid.

Why Pfizer-Comirnaty is having difficulty proving its efficacy with children: Non-vaccinated children in their study’s control group aren’t getting sick, either.

Frequent testing of school children, like we did during the Swine Flu pandemic.

Boost your child’s immunity.

Improve diet and exercise, since obesity is the number one comorbidity that exacerbates Covid-19.

Tuition Free Online Classes for children with chronic conditions that put them at risk for severe Covid illness.