- AMERICAN THINKER - JULY 15, 2021 - Brian C. Joondeph, MD -
English rock band Pink Floyd released an album in 1979 entitled The Wall which explored abandonment and isolation, symbolized by a wall. Forty years later, these themes resonate with many in our post COVID world.
The Chinese coronavirus, and more so, the response by governments, the media, and the medical establishment, have isolated so many people from normal commerce and social activities of life. We were told to stay home, sheltering in place. Then Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief architect of the wall, told us, after first telling us that masks were unnecessary, to wear one, then two masks, hiding our faces and emotions from friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.
Congregating in churches and other family events like weddings, funerals, and graduations was forbidden, and in some countries like Canada, still is. The hubbub of a busy restaurant was replaced by a handful of tables spaced so far apart that there might have been walls between tables.
A wall then grew between masked and unmasked, vaccinated and unvaccinated, those who believed government and media propaganda and those who actually tried to follow the science. The wall is now crushing children, one of the most vulnerable population groups, without the knowledge or voice to push back.
It is left to the few brave and outspoken adults left to speak for the children saying, as Pink Floyd did 40 years ago, “Leave them kids alone!” What have the media, CDC, and self-anointed experts like Dr. Fauci done to the kids?
Start with masks. A few weeks ago, published in JAMA Pediatrics, was a study looking at carbon dioxide content in inhaled air, with or without a face mask, in healthy children. For the “follow the science” crowd, this was a randomized, prospective clinical trial, the gold standard for research.
Children wearing surgical masks inhaled carbon dioxide at levels, “Higher than what is already deemed unacceptable by the German Federal Environmental Office by a factor of 6.” Kids reached this level of hypercapnia, not after a day in school with a mask, but after only 3 minutes. They found “ample evidence for adverse effects of wearing such masks” and suggested that “decision-makers weigh the hard evidence produced by these experimental measurements accordingly, which suggest that children should not be forced to wear face masks.”
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