On Tuesday afternoon, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director attempted to take back statements he made earlier in the day proposing that parents should face cover at home to safeguard unimmunized children.
“Let me clarify the masking message that I garbled on @NewDay this morning,” Dr. Francis Collins tweeted later on Tuesday, Aug. 3. “Vaccinated parents who live in communities with high COVID transmission rates should mask when out in public indoor settings to minimize risks to their unvaccinated kids. No need to mask at home.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the director indicated that, while uncommon, there have been several cases of young people becoming ill as a result of the virus. He suggested new proposals for children under the age of 12 to avoid being in places where they might become infected, as well as universal masking at schools and even at home.
“Parents of unvaccinated kids should be thoughtful about this and the recommendation is to wear masks there as well,” Collins said according to CNN. “I know that’s uncomfortable, I know it seems weird, but it is the best way to protect your kids.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks in public indoor spaces for anybody over the age of two, regardless of immunization status, as of July 27.
However, except a person is unwell, the CDC does not recommend that masks be worn at home.
In April, a study published on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website strongly refutes the effectiveness of facemasks in preventing human-to-human transmission of the CCP virus.
“The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks,” the study concluded.
The extensive study reviews the effectiveness of facemasks, physiological, psychological, and long-term adverse effects on people.
According to the data provided by the study, the virus has a size of 60 to 140 nanometers (one billion parts of a meter), and the tissue spaces of the masks have a diameter between 55 and 440 micrometers (one-millionth part of a meter).
In other words, the virus is 1000 times smaller than the spaces between the tissue of the masks, so it can easily pass through the mask fabric.
Among the various side effects of breathing with masks, the study highlights hypoxemia and hypercapnia.
Both phenomena cause cardiopulmonary as well as neurological complications, the analysis states.
The analysis of psychological effects points out the “dehumanization” of people who, using masks, lose the expression of emotions and contact with other people.
They also generate chronic stress, fear, mood disturbances, insomnia, fatigue, and compromise cognitive performance.
Personalities such as Dr. Antony Fauci and many Democratic governors continue to appear in the news advising to wear masks even after being vaccinated, around the family, and even inside the home.