An ever increasing number of children and young adults with autism are sensitive to touch and texture. Covering the nose and mouth with fabric can cause sensory overload, feelings of panic, and extreme anxiety. https://www.autismspeaks.org/sensory-issues
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Early Child Cognitive Development: Initial Findings in a Longitudinal Observational Study of Child Health. (2021) We find that children born during the pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic. Moreover, we find that males and children in lower socioeconomic families have been most affected. Results highlight that even in the absence of direct SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 illness, the environmental changes associated COVID-19 pandemic is significantly and negatively affecting infant and child development. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.10.21261846v1?ltclid= An Evidence Based Scientific Analysis of Why Masks are Ineffective, Unnecessary, and Harmful. (2020) Face masks are more dangerous than parents are being told. Scientific studies over the course of many years have concluded that wearing face masks for extended periods of time puts the wearer, especially children, in imminent risk of physical and psychological harm. There is a large and growing body of physicians, pediatricians, scientists, epidemiologists, and researchers around the world that are speaking out against the anti-scientific public health recommendations that have been forced upon the general public and our children. https://www.meehanmd.com/blog/post/173679/an-evidence-based-scientific-analysis-of-why-mas
Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy. (2020) https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy (censorship of above article) https://archive.org/details/covid-censorship-at-research-gate-2
“Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks, and poor filtration may result in an increased risk of infection. Penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%.” MacIntyre, C. R., Seale, H., Dung, T. C., Hien, N. T., Nga, P. T., Chughtai, A. A., Rahman, B., Dwyer, D. E., & Wang, Q. (2015). A cluster randomized trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers. BMJ open, 5(4), e006577. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006577
Aerosol penetration through surgical masks. American journal of infection control, 20(4), 177–184. (1992). “Although surgical mask media may be adequate to remove bacteria exhaled or expelled by health care workers, they may not be sufficient to remove the submicrometer-size aerosols containing pathogens to which these health care workers are potentially exposed.” https://doi.org/10.1016/s0196-6553(05)80143-9
Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(5), 967-975. (2020). Masks are not effective at preventing flu spread. “In this review, we did not find evidence to support a protective effect of personal protective measures or environmental measures in reducing influenza transmission.” Xiao, J., Shiu, E., Gao, H., Wong, J. Y., Fong, M. W., Ryu, S....Cowling, B. J. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2605.190994
Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards? (2021) A total of 65 scientific papers on masks qualified for a purely content-based evaluation, including 14 reviews and two meta-analyses, revealed relevant adverse effects of masks in numerous disciplines. The psychological and physical deterioration as well as multiple symptoms were described because of their consistent, recurrent and uniform presentation from different disciplines as a Mask-Induced Exhaustion Syndrome (MIES). https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/8/4344/htm
Large percentages of the population have medical conditions that make wearing a mask dangerous. Individuals should be examined by a medical professional to ensure that mask wear will not further compromise their medical condition.
Children with asthma (7.5% of American children) and other respiratory disabilities are being harmed by mask mandates, they are being discriminated against by businesses, schools, and public spaces that require masks. Children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders are extremely prone to agitation and severe anxiety that results from the adverse effects, e.g., oxygen lowering effects, of masks.
Please help protect the dis-abled and yourself by saying "no" to the mask.