If you think that mask you’re putting on your child is protecting his health, think again. Because an analysis of some kids’ masks in Florida has shown that they contained a host of dangerous pathogens despite having been new or freshly laundered and then worn for mere hours.
Oh, there was one pathogen the masks didn’t harbor: COVID.
It has long been theorized that prescribing masks for the general population does more harm than good, and I wrote long ago, and have oft repeated, that they become as “Petri dishes on people’s faces.” This is especially true with children, who will continually fiddle with their masks with unwashed hands, thus contaminating both the exterior and interior.
Concerned about this, some Sunshine State parents sent five children’s masks and one from an adult to a lab at the University of Florida. These parents were worried “about potential contaminants on the mask, which is why they contacted the University of Florida’s Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center for analysis,” reports commentator Andrea Widburg.
“Each mask sent to the lab had been either new or freshly laundered at the start of the day,” she continued. “Then the kids and the adult wore them for five to eight hours. The kids, aged 6 through 11, wore their masks for in-person schooling. In addition, for each mask, the parents sent samples from a t-shirt that one of the children had been wearing. Three of the masks were surgical masks, two were cotton, and one was a poly gaiter.”
The results weren’t pretty. According to the outlet reporting on the story, Rational Ground, the masks harbored 11 dangerous pathogens. The site lists them:
- 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,” Rational Ground elaborates. “One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria.
Read the rest here.
Selwyn Duke (@SelwynDuke) has written for The New American for more than a decade. He has also written for The Hill, Observer, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, and many other print and online publications. In addition, he has contributed to college textbooks published by Gale-Cengage Learning, has appeared on television, and is a frequent guest on radio.