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DrV summary and context of "Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children" in JAMA Pediatrics published June 30, 2021
Trapping a child in a confined space with elevated CO2 levels for extended time would be illegal/abusive under pre-"Great Reset" standards, but now it is acceptable as science is rewritten as $cience
Facemasks (on children) elevate inhaled CO2 to levels 30x normal and 6x the legal safety limit. CO2 >1,000 ppm impairs brain function, and the levels in masked children are >13,000 ppm; thus, children are obviously being forced into a harmful situation. Elevated CO2 impairs physiologic processes relevant for anything that requires decision-making or coordination, likewise for your fellow drivers, surgeons, and airplane pilots.
Normal CO2 levels in open air: 0.04% by volume = 400 ppm
CO2 levels shown to impair brain function: 1,000 ppm
Legal limit of CO2 per German Federal Environmental Office: 0.2% by volume = 2,000 ppm
CO2 level in children wearing facemasks: 13,120 ppm and 13,910 ppm of carbon dioxide in inhaled air under surgical and filtering facepiece 2 (FFP2) masks
Conclusion of authors: "ample evidence for adverse effects of wearing such masks. We suggest 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."
Sad political update—corporate and political interests have complete control over what information gets published (and stays published): Note that approximately 10 days after publication, this article was withdrawn presumably by the same Editor(s) that originally approved it, almost certainly due to political pressure and not because of science, although of course they have to blame something technical in order to avoid admitting that they cowered to political pressure: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2782288 Medical science no longer exists unless it complies with the new normal of medical hegemony. See the excellent review “Rounding up Scientific Journals” (thehastingscenter.org/rounding-up-scientific-journals) to understand the structure of these commercialized/politicized withdrawals of research.
Conclusion of DrV: Facemasks elevate inhaled CO2 to levels 30x normal and 6x the legal safety limit. This likely impairs physiologic processes relevant for anything that requires decision-making or coordination, likewise for your fellow drivers, surgeons, and airplane pilots.
Context with data from a different recent article (BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 April): Other studies have also found elevated CO2 levels with use of face masks; for example (BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 April, fully cited below), “Use of face masks (KN95 and valved-respirator) resulted in significant increases in CO2 concentrations, which exceeded the 8-h NIOSH [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] exposure threshold limit value-weighted average (TLV-TWA). However, the increases in CO2 concentrations did not breach short-term (15-min) limits.” You’ll notice that they try to make this acceptable ie, softening the conclusion by stating “did not breach short-term (15-min) limits” and “The clinical implications of elevated CO2 levels with long-term use of face masks needs further studies.” They always conclude that “more research is necessary” so that 1) the researchers can get more funding/money, and 2) so that they can avoid stating the obvious that THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE to force employees, people, children, elderly and persons with heart and lung problems to put their health in jeopardy. Notice again how they try to make it acceptable by stating the violation did not breach short-term limits of 15 minutes when in reality many people are required to wear these masks for their entire workday of at least 8-9 hours, while 12-hour shifts are common for hospital workers, and many people have to wear masks while using public transportation before and after work. Why would organizations such as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and German Federal Environmental Office have established duration and intensity limits for CO2 inhalation were it not for previously established risks and impairments in health and functioning? This article provides more details: “studies have shown that short-term exposure to CO2 levels above 1000 ppm start affecting cognitive function and at much higher levels, can be toxic to the human body. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has an 8-h threshold limit value - time-weighted average recommended exposure limit (TLV-REL) of 5000 ppm and a 15-min threshold limit value - short term exposure limit (TLV-STEL) of 30,000 ppm for CO2 in workplace ambient air.” Thus, if >1,000 ppm impairs brain function, and the levels in masked children are >13,000 ppm, then the children are obviously being forced into a harmful situation.
A third perspective demonstrating again the strategy of “deception by duration” (PLoS 2021 Feb): In another absurd attempt to create the appearance that facemasks do not impair respiration, authors Shein and coworkers published “The effects of wearing facemasks on oxygenation and ventilation at rest and during physical activity” in Public Library of Science 2021 Feb wherein they tested oxygen and CO2 levels at 10-minute intervals during sitting and walking. This is absurd because it does not reflect the real-world situations wherein people are forced to wear masks for hours at a time while performing various activities which are commonly more strenuous than the mild slow walking used in this study. The authors state at the end of their article, “Our study has limitations that could be addressed in future work. First, our sample size is modest, though notably larger than many prior studies assessing gas exchange while wearing masks. Second, the duration of each study phase was 10 minutes, which was chosen to provide adequate time to observe physiologic changes but not require people to volunteer more than 90 minutes of their time. [Notice how stupid this is: they chose the duration for convenience and not to be an accurate representation of real-world experience.] Though the substantial increase in heart rate with walking supports that the duration and intensity were sufficient [Earth to researchers: walking slowly on a flat surface is not anywhere near “intense” physical activity], future studies may consider a longer duration and/or higher intensity of physical activity. … However, each subject had a 10 minute period of rest (sitting) before each walking phase during which their heart rate returned to baseline,…” Really? Each person was allowed to rest for 10 minutes between testing? That represents another strategy to ensure they would never find a problem: in the real world where people walk and work for extended periods of time, they don’t sit quietly and rest every 10 minutes. Of additional note, I have served as a reviewer for PLOS, and have also been responsible for the exposé and withdrawal of bogus research that they published related to dietary intervention on the gut microbiome: Open Correction to PLOS One and Grave Concern about the Journal’s Editorial Quality and Review Process: Comment on “Microbiome restoration diet improves digestion, cognition and physical and emotional wellbeing. PLOS One 2017 Jun.” Int J Hum Nutr Funct Med 2017
Citations with full-text available:
Walach et al. Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children: A Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA Pediatrics 2021 Jun 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.2659 The article showing high levels of carbon dioxide in kids wearing facemasks has now been withdrawn, I’m sure for political reasons https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2782288 Medical science no longer exists unless it complies with the new normal of medical hegemony. Medical ethics died about 20 years ago at least.
See the excellent “Rounding up Scientific Journals” (thehastingscenter.org/rounding-up-scientific-journals) to understand the structure of commercialized/politicized withdrawals of research, eg, “According to SpinWatch, a European muckraking organization, 11 of the authors of letters to the editor slamming Séralini’s study had undisclosed financial relationships with Monsanto. In 2013, Paul Christou, the editor of Transgenic Research, coauthored an attack on Séralini and the FCT editors in his own journal, calling for a retraction of the study. Christou did not disclose his multiple conflicts of interest, including being an inventor on patents on GM crop technology, many of which Monsanto owns. Meanwhile, back at Food and Chemical Toxicology, a new position for an associate editor was filled by Richard E. Goodman, a University of Nebraska professor who previously worked for Monsanto, and who has a longstanding association with the industry-funded International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). Months later, Elsevier, FCT’s publisher, announced the retraction.”
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