April 22, 2021

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25 thoughts on “Teenagers in Ireland speak out about masks in the classroom UsForThem – 8 April 2021

  1. Content: 17 RCT's/randomised controlled/clinical trials [the gold standard of trials/studies ect], one of which is [explicitly on protection from covid infection – which is a Danish RCT released on 18 November 2020 and the most recent RCT available], all concluding that facemasks do not protect from infection – and links to around 15 [peer-reviewed studies] on the [harmful] effects of facemasks on people's health.

    Quote: "Coronaviruses are minute in size 65–125 nm in diameter and contain a single-stranded RNA as a nucleic material, size ranging from 26 to 32kbs in length."

    Size distribution analysis of influenza virus particles using size exclusion chromatography – ScienceDirect

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021967316311335

    Quote: "Influenza A virus belongs to the Orthomyxoviridae family, and produces virions of around 80–120 nm in diameter that contain an RNA genome of approximately 13.5 kb in size."

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6235704/

    Effectiveness of facemasks.

    Masks tested were: Cloth masks, Medical/surgical masks, and N95 masks. Also keep in mind that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is [smaller] than the influenza virus – thus if masks do not stop influenza.. they cannot possibly stop SARS-CoV-2.

    ILI = Influenza like illness. RR = relative risk. CI = confidence interval. HCP = health care personnel/s. All of which relate to the RCT's.

    The BMJ is a weekly peer – reviewed medical journal. It is one of the world's oldest general medical journals.

    History of The BMJ | The BMJ

    https://www.bmj.com/about-bmj/history-of-the-bmj

    Quote: "The New England Journal of Medicine [NEJM] is recognized as the world’s leading medical journal and website. Published continuously for over 200 years, NEJM delivers high-quality, peer-reviewed research and interactive clinical content to physicians, educators, researchers, and the global medical community."

    https://www.nejm.org/about-nejm/about-nejm?query=footer

    With that being covered……….

    Effectiveness of facemasks:

    Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era | NEJM

    Quote: "We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic."

    And: "Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with [symptomatic] Covid-19."

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372

    A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers [RCT #1]

    Quote: "The rates of all infection outcomes were highest in the cloth mask arm, with the rate of ILI statistically significantly higher in the cloth mask arm (relative risk (RR)=13.00, 95% CI 1.69 to 100.07) compared with the medical mask arm. Cloth masks also had significantly higher rates of ILI compared with the control arm. An analysis by mask use showed ILI (RR=6.64, 95% CI 1.45 to 28.65) and laboratory-confirmed virus (RR=1.72, 95% CI 1.01 to 2.94) were significantly higher in the cloth masks group compared with the medical masks group. Penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%."

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4420971/

    Medical masks V N95 masks:

    N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial | Infectious Diseases | JAMA | JAMA Network [RCT #2.]

    Quote: [Objective]  "To compare the effect of N95 respirators vs medical masks for prevention of influenza and other viral respiratory infections among HCP."

    Quote: [Findings]  "In this pragmatic, cluster randomized clinical trial involving 2862 health care personnel, there was no significant difference in the incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza among health care personnel with the use of N95 respirators (8.2%) vs medical masks (7.2%).

    Quote: [Meaning]  "As worn by health care personnel in this trial, use of N95 respirators, compared with medical masks, in the outpatient setting resulted in no significant difference in the rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza."

    Quote: [Conclusions and Relevance]  "Among outpatient health care personnel, N95 respirators vs medical masks as worn by participants in this trial resulted in no significant difference in the incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza."

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2749214

    Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers: A Randomized Controlled Trial: Annals of Internal Medicine: Vol 0, No 0

    Quote: "The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection."

    [RCT #3 18/11/2020 – explicitly on covid.]

     https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817

    [14 further RCT's on effectiveness, or rather the lack of effectiveness to be precise, of facemasks linked below.]

    Nonharmaceutical measures for pandemic influenza – personal protective and environmental measures.

    Quote: "In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs [randomized controlled trials] that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks"

    Quote: "Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza."

    https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Nonpharmaceutical-Measures-for-Pandemic-Influenza-Xiao-Shiu/7732cc6ca20992abdb6a18d33749cf1687154afa#citing-papers

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article Same material the link above but from the CDC website.

    Negative effects of facemasks on health:

    DR Blaylock – face masks serious risk to health.

    https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/

    Side note: Th1 cells preferentially produce IFN-γ and IL-2 and are the principal regulators of type 1 immunity against intracellular pathogens, [such as viral infections], and tumors – so……

    Obvious question: What would be the end result of negatively affecting Th1 cells?

    Cutting Edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1 Negatively Regulates Th1 Function | The Journal of Immunology

    https://www.jimmunol.org/content/195/4/1372.long

    Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery – PubMed

    Quote: Results – "Our study revealed a decrease in the oxygen saturation of arterial pulsations (SpO2) and a slight increase in pulse rates compared to preoperative values in all surgeon groups. The decrease was more prominent in the surgeons aged over 35."

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18500410/

    Effects of wearing N95 and surgical facemasks on heart rate, thermal stress and subjective sensations | Request PDF

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7823790_Effects_of_wearing_N95_and_surgical_facemasks_on_heart_rate_thermal_stress_and_subjective_sensations

    The effects of facemasks on airway inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in healthy young adults: a double-blind, randomized, controlled crossover study

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6032602/

    [PDF] Effects of Long-Duration Wearing of N95 Respirator and Surgical Facemask: A Pilot Study | Semantic Scholar

    https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Effects-of-Long-Duration-Wearing-of-N95-Respirator-Zhu-Lee/917b8d05047e09e6112b8899680742ea37c5d66a

    Cerebral Hemodynamics in Acute Stroke: Pathophysiology and Clinical Implications

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3317296/

    Hypoxia Enhances Immunosuppression by Inhibiting CD4+ Effector T Cell Function and Promoting Treg Activity – FullText – Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry 2017, Vol. 41, No. 4 – Karger Publishers

    https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/464429

    Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the pre-metastatic niche

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583916/

    Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia Induces Atherosclerosis | American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

    https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/10.1164/rccm.200612-1771OC?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub++0pubmed&

  2. It's so so wrong 🙁 These poor kids. Even telling them to expect to be harmed, with a headache and sore throat… This is child abuse, pure and simple. Thank you for giving these kids a platform to have their voices heard.

  3. My daughter isn’t afraid of COVID. She really doesn’t want to spend 10 days in isolation. She reckons a mask is a small price to pay to reduce the chance of isolation.

  4. Horrendous !!, why on earth are the teachers pushing this ? they could just turn a blind eye. unbelievable that people (adults) follow this bull shit , mask wearing nonsense. we are lucky, our kids go to a school which have stood up for their rights, they have put a 'No masks allowed on site' policy during the last year . whether you are a child or parent, you are not allowed to wear a mask in or outside the school.

  5. Madness – no hope for a country which abuses its children and hence future that way. Parents – when the hell are you standing up for your kids???

  6. Absolutely SHAMEFUL!!! All parents need to stay strong and stick together here! Get these bloody things banned or everyone refuse. You can definitely feel this is some kind of phycological conditioning! Whens the next protest, our voices should be heard!

  7. Thankyou to Anna for enabling this ,its awful to think of kids going through this.The cruelty and gross stupidity of masks is criminal. Why aren't teachers speaking out for the kids?

  8. this is disgraceful, immoral, illegal, insidious, inhumane, callous and I could think of many other adjectives that describe these bastards that inflict this torture on young people. I can only hope and pray that this dystopian nightmare ends soon for all of us, as humanity is facing the biggest threat it has ever faced.

  9. This is heartbreaking and disgusting that children are being treated like this it should be the best years of there lives I can’t see how this is legal can’t parents gang together and kick up shit at these schools it’s bloody disgusting

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