Continuing to keep kids locked into masks and out of normal life is a mass hysteria based on conspiracy theories far worse than QAnon. It has no basis in science, data, or reality. It is entirely a psychotic power play that sane people must refuse to allow to control our lives, because it’s hurting kids and destroying our nation’s future.
It’s now more than a year after the world learned that COVID thankfully poses lower risks to children than does the annual flu. In 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control, “fewer kids died of COVID-19 than of heart disease, ‘malignant neoplasms,’ suicide, and homicide — not to mention birth defects, which killed hundreds of times more.”
We’ve never shut children off in pods, muffled their faces and those of everyone they see, limited them to small groups, or stuffed them into substandard virtual “learning” for the flu, suicide, or heart disease, because that would be ridiculous. It would hold their futures hostage to fear porn. Yet doing exactly that is still what top U.S. “experts” and politicians demand.
Former Food and Drug Administrator Dr. Scott Gottlieb, for example, went on TV this past weekend to insanely recommend masking children and injecting them with experimental COVID treatments even though the flu poses a higher risk to them and flu shots have never been a requirement for attending school.
Gottlieb “said the ‘two best things’ schools can do to curb the spread is testing twice a week and keeping students in ‘geographic pods’ and “social pods” so they do not ‘intermingle with the entire student body,’ but instead stick with the people in their classrooms,” the Hill summarized of Gottlieb’s appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “… He also touted the importance of wearing masks and getting eligible children vaccinated.”
“The two best things schools can be doing right now is frequent testing, twice a week testing, and also keeping students in geographic pods,” @ScottGottliebMD says. pic.twitter.com/Xz05NuZ3OJ
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 29, 2021
Quite plainly, just about everything he said contradicts the evidence available for more than a year about children’s risks from COVID. Perhaps Gottlieb is auditioning for a Biden administration post, because his advice matches that administration’s also anti-science demands of schools.
What crises this administration is causing in every single sphere, domestic and foreign. https://t.co/huoXClAjsw
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 18, 2021
Children are almost never endangered from COVID-19 nor do they spread it, and masks have not been proven to provide any protective effect in schools. Even leftist outlets like New York Magazine and The New York Times are admitting this now, while the Biden administration and other Democrats such as Gov. Gavin Newsom continue to falsify scientific discoveries.
“Distancing, hybrid models, classroom barriers, HEPA filters, and, most notably, requiring student masking were each found to not have a statistically significant benefit. In other words, these measures could not be said to be effective,” New York Magazine reported last week of findings from a large-scale CDC study. It continued:
In the realm of science and public-health policy outside the U.S., the implications of these particular findings are not exactly controversial. Many of America’s peer nations around the world — including the U.K., Ireland, all of Scandinavia, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy — have exempted kids, with varying age cutoffs, from wearing masks in classrooms. Conspicuously, there’s no evidence of more outbreaks in schools in those countries relative to schools in the U.S., where the solid majority of kids wore masks for an entire academic year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. These countries, along with the World Health Organization, whose child-masking guidance differs substantially from the CDC’s recommendations, have explicitly recognized that the decision to mask students carries with it potential academic and social harms for children and may lack a clear benefit.
Numerous studies indicate masking children is counterproductive based on their near-zero transmission and fatality rates versus the social and developmental harms of covering everyone’s faces indefinitely. Meanwhile, European countries have had kids back in school for the entire previous school year, and are jettisoning masks and quarantines — because that’s what real-world data supports.
Front-page news in Berlin: public health officials will no longer order contact tracing and quarantines for students who might have been exposed to Covid in school. Only the kids who actually test positive will be sent home for remote learning. 1/2https://t.co/Jfvw99H1WK
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 28, 2021
Florida provided a great real world observational study over the course of the school year last year with 40 districts with masks required policies and 27 without. The result was no statistical difference in school cases per enrolled students in person.
Follow the data
— Kyle Lamb (@kylamb8) August 17, 2021
Yet schools in Florida, and more so throughout many parts of Europe did not and do not have mask mandates for kids, with varying age cutoffs, and there is no correlated explosion of cases originated in those schools
— David Zweig (@davidzweig) August 10, 2021
The same people insisting, against the evidence, that children need to be masked and kept in “pods” are the same ones telling you to inject them with experimental treatments against a disease they are at low risk from and for which natural immunity is clearly a much more effective protection. Mmhmm, sure, buddy. I’m definitely going to take “guidance” about what to put into my children’s bodies from the CNN equivalent of a horn-wearing shaman.
“Guidance” is not even close to the extent of their dangerous lunacy, either. Our Orwellian national security agencies have also declared that disagreeing with the Biden administration’s lunatic COVID demands is evidence that one is a “domestic terrorist.” It sounds like another conspiracy theory, but it’s a fact.
The government has declared your right to object to their covid measures as terrorism. https://t.co/mEP8I0mfyo
— Mayor Of Fort Collins (@MayorOfFoCo) August 14, 2021
Easing COVID restrictions will embolden terrorists, apparently. They're calling you terrorists for not wanting to be locked down. pic.twitter.com/ihhLEPv7uo
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 15, 2021
It’s hard to know whether to laugh or to hide. It would be easier to do the former if we weren’t living inside an apparently inescapable and amped-up 2020s version of the Salem witch trials. Unlike then, these conspiracy theorists control world governments, mass media, schools, community organizations, and millions of people’s jobs. They control trillions of dollars and the world’s most costly — if not its most effective — national security state.
They also refuse to accept any limits on their power, such as the Austin, Texas schools demanding families continue living under their COVID hysteria in blatant defiance of the elected governor and state Supreme Court — defiance that governor and Supreme Court would never display if the tables were turned. While the left loves to play up the QAnon conspiracy theory because it overlaps with some Donald Trump supporters, they pshaw away the fact that Democrats’ entire rationale for ruling right now is a set of conspiracy theories they’ve trained half the nation to venerate like demonic idols.
The US panic about covid and kids—something unique, unfolding here unlike anywhere else in the world—is a mass hysteria.
I’m sorry, but the Democratic Party is the party of delusional mass hysteria right now. Full stop, that’s what it is. It’s QAnon-level alternative reality.
— Genève CampbeII (@bergerbell) August 11, 2021
This is why BlueAnon makes QAnon look like a joke. It’s one thing to be deluded. It’s another thing for delusions to run your entire society.