'There was a 23 per cent drop in scores measuring kids' intelligence quotients since the start of the pandemic' and that's believed to be a modest calculation of the real cost to children's intellectual growth.
Masks for children are NOT recommended due to psychological and developmental damage, and health concerns such as deprivation of oxygen -hypoxia or hypercapnia (too much carbon dioxide) which affects overall health, development and learning.
Lack of oxygen contributes to loss of concentration, headaches, confusion, ill cell-health and being more prone to accidents. With children's brains still developing most of the basic skills by the age of 7, the brain continues to develop higher-order skills up to the age of 20/21 years old. This is brain development 101. Long term reduction in oxygen can kill off brain cells and impede brain development.
Studies have shown that average CO2 levels in inhaled air with nose and mouth coverings in children between age 6 and 17 is well beyond acceptable levels.
Concerns with Language Development
Children's language development has been adversely affected through the forced wearing of masks at schools, together with their parents and other adults around them wearing masks.
These effects were NOT unintended. It is well known by all schools, teachers, early childhood educators and health practitioners, that babies and children learn language via reading facial expressions, watching mouth movements (lip reading) and hearing, from their peers and adults (and not from unreciprocal screens).
There are critical developmental stages for this to occur. Once past that critical stage, if full opportunity to develop has not been provided, then they cannot catch up later down the track with their development in this area. The developing brain, including language and cognition, does not wait for external events to pass before moving through the stages and goal posts of maturation.
Children often struggle to make themselves heard and understood. For them, the masks act more like a muzzle and major communication barrier. Not only does this affect expressive language and the development of two-way communication skills, but also affects the self-esteem of children not being heard, unable to express themselves effectively or being responded to appropriately.
We will see the detrimental long term affects down the track on their cognitive, social, psychological and language development, as the two go hand in hand. Masking was an early abusive lesson for children in compliance, belittling and squashing children's spirits under the banner of FEAR.
Masking children and young people - A dumbing down
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 adults – children should not be required to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
See article from the American Institute for Economic Research.