A University of Florida laboratory analysis of a sample of children’s masks suggests that masking young, healthy persons may not only be unnecessary, it may be harmful to their health. The results of a small sample of masks showed the presence of 11 dangerous pathogens, including the bacteria that cause pneumonia, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and meningitis. The results were shown by the group Rational Ground.
“A group of parents in Gainesville, FL, sent 6 face masks to a lab at the University of Florida, requesting an analysis of contaminants found on the masks after they had been worn,” Rational Ground said. “The resulting report found that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi, including three with dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria. Although the test is capable of detecting viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, only one virus was found on one mask (alcelaphine herpesvirus 1).”
The analysis detected the following 11 dangerous pathogens on the masks:
- Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)
- Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)
- Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)
- Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs—resistant to antibiotics)
- Escherichia coli (food poisoning)
- Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)
- Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)
- Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires’ disease)
- Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates)
- Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis)
“Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria,” the report added. “One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.”
The lab analysis conducted by the University of Florida’s Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center studied six “new or freshly-laundered before wearing and had been worn for 5 to 8 hours, most during in-person schooling by children aged 6 through 11.” One mask was submitted by an adult for comparison. No pathogens were found on ‘control’ (unworn) masks.
Ms. Amanda Donoho, one of the parents who requested the lab analysis, points to the need for more research: “We need to know what we are putting on the faces of our children each day. Masks provide a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow.”
The risk posed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to children is statistically negligible. The CDC’s latest figures show that 324 children with SARS-CoV-2 have died with the virus out of more than 100,000,000 people under 18 in the United States. An estimated 95% of those cases are highly at-risk children with 4 or more comorbidities, according to the CDC. For comparison, the CDC reports that “in 2018, 636 children 12 years old and younger died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and more than 97,000 were injured.”
Futhermore, there are surging concerns about the “Delta variant,” which is being used as a rationale to reinstate mask mandates. The early data on the “Delta variant” shows a 99.9% case survival rate, as shown by U.K. government data that was reported by Jordan Schachtel. Vaccinations for adults, and especially for seniors and at-risk adults, appear thus far to be mitigating the mortality rate of the Delta variant.
Furthermore, a Centers for Disease Control advisory group released a statement on the ‘likely link’ between COVID-19 vaccinations and rare heart inflammation cases for young persons on Wednesday. In over 300 cases of reported myocarditis or pericarditis, a Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination preceded the heart condition.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group noted the adverse reaction in vaccinated males between the ages of 16 and 24. The development of the heart condition was observed in adolescents and young adults and was considerably higher after the second dose in males.
Earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the use of the experimental Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines in children as young as 12. That position has not yet been revised.
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