COVID face masks (blue surgical masks and white cloth masks/man made masks) are largely ineffective and potentially harmful: be careful what we do to our children

COVID face masks (blue surgical masks and white cloth masks/man made masks) are largely ineffective and potentially harmful: be careful what we do to our children

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Paul Elias Alexander, PhD, Howard Tenenbaum, PhD, DDS, Parvez Dara, MD, MBA

Where do we begin? We begin by stating that masking our children is tragic, unscientific, and very damaging. Our careful prior review suggested that masks do not work! We will revisit this again now with updated evidence below. We are underpinned by the evidence that children do not readily acquire SARS-CoV-2 (very low risk) including the Delta variant, do not readily spread it to other children or teachers, or endanger parents or others at home. This is the settled science globally and for over one year now. There is no reason to believe it will be otherwise for the Delta variant and we have looked and have found no evidence to suggest otherwise. In the rare cases where a child contracts Covid virus it is very unusual for the child to get severely ill or die. Masking can do positive harm to children – as it can to some adults. But the cost benefit analysis is entirely different for adults and children – particularly younger children. Whatever arguments there may be for consenting...

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