Mask Mandates Unmasked

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “There’s no reason for you to be walking around with a mask.” But the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) soon changed his stance. Although not 100 percent effective, Fauci said, wearing masks is “a symbol for people to see that that’s the kind of thing you should be doing.”

Masks should be worn, he said, even by those who were vaccinated, although they did not need to wear a mask outside. On another occasion, Fauci recommended people wear two face masks. The NIAID boss gave little if any indication that face masks could cause health problems.

“Circumstantial evidence exists that extended mask use may be related to current observations of stillbirths and to reduced verbal motor and overall cognitive performance in children born during the pandemic.” That is the contention of “Possible toxicity of chronic carbon dioxide exposure associated with face mask use, particularly in pregnant women, children and adolescents,” a recent study out of Germany. The paper highlights “the toxicological aspects of wearing a mask for special user groups resulting from a low-level CO2 exposure.”

During the COVID pandemic in 2020, 77 percent of nations introduced mask requirements, and 58 percent of people around the world “have been confronted with a mask obligation.” In many countries, “children in schools in particular are/have been heavily exposed to the mandatory wearing of masks for long periods.” As it happens, that is not good for the children.

“Fresh air has around 0.04% CO2, while wearing masks more than five minutes bears a possible chronic exposure to carbon dioxide of 1.41% to 3.2% of the inhaled air,” the authors observe. “U.S. Navy toxicity experts set the exposure limits for submarines carrying a female crew to 0.8% CO2 based on animal studies which indicated an increased risk for stillbirths.” 

In addition, “data exists on the exposure of chronic 0.3% CO2 in adolescent mammals causing neuron destruction, which includes less activity, increased anxiety and impaired learning and memory. There is also data indicating testicular toxicity in adolescents at CO2 inhalation concentrations above 0.5%.”

Masks also “bear a possible chronic exposure to low-level carbon dioxide of 1.41–3.2% CO2 of the inhaled air in reliable human experiments.” Children and pregnant women “are a special subgroup more susceptible to potential negative environmental factors (e.g. toxins) because the protective/conjugative mechanisms in early life tissues are less well developed.”

The data on the toxicity of carbon dioxide on reproduction, the authors explain, has been known for 60 years. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the CDC has CO2 threshold limits of 3 percent for 15 minutes and 0.5 percent for eight hours in workplace ambient air. This reality proved no barrier to CDC recommendations for mask mandates, even for children.

Data on 25,930 children wearing face masks for 270 minutes per day showed that “68% complained about discomfort. Side effects included irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%), less happiness (49%), reluctance to go to school/kindergarten (44%), malaise (42%), impaired learning (38%) and drowsiness/fatigue (37%).”

As the authors note, “despite having the lowest risk of severe disease from a SARS-CoV-2 infection, children have endured the most disproportionate disruption to their lives in their most formative years during the pandemic.”

And carbon dioxide is not the only problem.

“Other noxious agents in the masks,” the authors note, “contribute to toxicological long-term effects like the inhalation of synthetic microfibers, carcinogenic compounds, and volatile organic compounds could also play a role regarding our research question.” Embattled Americans found no such warnings from Fauci, the CDC, and politicians such as California Governor Gavin Newsom.

In April 2020, Newsom announced a $1 billion deal for more than 200 million masks with a Chinese company called Build Your Dreams (BYD), which had no experience making protective equipment. Newsom kept the deal secret, even from fellow Democrats. Two years later, the details remained unclear even as other matters have since come to light.

“A need exists to reconsider mask mandates,” contends the German study. As it shows, face masks were ineffective against COVID, and masks pose serious health risks, particularly for pregnant women and children. The dangers were well known, and Fauci’s wavering on the subject should come as no surprise.

Anthony Fauci earned a medical degree in 1966, but if he ever practiced medicine, it was only for a short time. Fauci in 1968 took a cushy “yellow beret” job with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fauci’s bio showed no advanced degrees in biochemistry or molecular biology, but in 1984 the NIH made him director of NIAID.

Nobel laureate Kary Mullis, inventor of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), is on record that Fauci doesn’t understand electron microscopy, doesn’t understand medicine, and “should not be in a position like he’s in.” But he was, and he steadily gained power.

As NIAID boss, Fauci controlled public health policy and funding for medical research. That dangerous concentration of power was abetted by his wife, Christine Grady, chief of bioethics for the NIH. If Grady ever objected to anything Fauci did, including trials of toxic drugs with foster children, nothing has publicly emerged.

In the course of more than 50 years in government, Fauci never had to face the voters. During the pandemic, he wielded executive-level power, and Joe Biden even joked that Fauci was the real president. Fauci’s destructive lockdown policies caused widespread suffering, but to date the NIAID boss has avoided any accountability. 

The struggle against white coat supremacy is the struggle of memory against forgetting. The time has come for Congress to trim the CDC, break up NIAID, and make a case for pandemic reparations.

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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