Study Shows Masks Harm Children

March 12, 2021

New research recording children’s experiences with masks show physical, psychological and behavioral issues.

A new research by the University of Witten/Herdecke (Germany) shows children have experienced physical, behavioral, and psychological harm from the mask mandates during the covid-19 pandemic.

German study – entitled “Corona children studies “Co-Ki”: First results of a Germany-wide registry on mouth and nose covering (mask) in children”, published online on “Square Research”, and updated on March 1, 2021 – is based on a survey regarding the adverse effects of mask wearing in children, and points out: “We research the current situation neutrally and will publish the results peer reviewed. We are not anti-mask opponents and do not belong to any political organization or have any political affiliations.”

“Narratives about complaints in children and adolescents caused by wearing a mask are accumulating … there is an urgent need for research”, authors write. “At the University of Witten/Herdecke an online registry has been set up where parents, doctors, pedagogues and others can enter their observations. By 26.10.2020 (October 26, 2020) the registry had been used by 20,353 people in Germany. Of the survey participants, 17,854 (87.7%) were parents, 736 (3.6%) were teachers, 352 (1.7%) were doctors, and 1,411 (6.9%) were “others”. This article reports on the 17,854 entering parents with a total of 25,930 children and youth (aged 0 to 18).”

“In this publication”, they explain, “we report the results from the parents, who entered data on a total of 25,930 children. The average wearing time of the mask was 270 minutes per day. … The average length of time the mask was worn varies greatly with age; it averaged 4.5 hours per day, and was much higher, especially among youth (13-18 years), averaging 6 hours. In 16,913 children (65.2%) it was reported that fabric masks were worn, followed by surgical masks. FPP masks are hardly worn by children.”

“Regarding the question as to whether children themselves complain about impairments caused by wearing the mask, 67.7% of the respondents answered yes for their children; 26% answered no. The question as to whether the respondents themselves observed an impairment of the child by wearing the mask was answered yes in 66.1%. … Impairments caused by wearing the mask were reported by 68% of the parents. These 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 or fatigue (37%).”

The most common side effects associated with masks are headaches, concentration difficulties, discomfort, learning difficulties and drowsiness / tiredness. Other complaints are worsened skin (especially increased pimples, rashes and allergic phenomena around the mouth area up to fungal diseases in and around the mouth), nosebleeds, school displeasure up to school anxiety / refusal to attend school, increased sweating, pressure points and wounds behind the ears, sore or cracked and partly bloody lips, increased migraine attacks in frequency and severity, impaired vision, aphthae.

German study shows “further behavioral problems in the children, above all with 60.4% an increased irritability, 49.3% less happy children, 44% children who do not want to go to school anymore, in each case children in the age category 7-12 years are affected most. In 25.3% of the children it was stated that they have developed new anxieties.”

Researchers also found that “in addition to a general fear of the future, the fear of suffocation even with a mask, as well as the fear of death of relatives through corona, is most frequently represented. In addition, there is the fear of stigmatization both by wearing and not wearing a mask in the social environment. Many parents also report nightmares and anxiety disorders that relate to masked people whose facial expressions and identity are not recognizable to the children.”

“Many children”, authors conclude, “are subject to great challenges and families try to master these as best they can. … This worldwide first registry on side effects of the mask reflects the spectrum of symptoms in children and adolescents. A precise benefit-risk analysis is urgently required. The occurrence of reported side effects in children due to wearing the masks must be taken seriously and requires a precise clarification of the accompanying health circumstances, the situation of wearing the mask (duration, breaks and mask type) and the school situation.”

“The frequency of the registry’s use and the spectrum of symptoms registered indicate the importance of the topic and call for representative surveys, randomized controlled trials with various masks and a renewed risk-benefit assessment for the vulnerable group of children: adults need to collectively reflect the circumstances under which they would be willing to take a residual risk upon themselves in favor of enabling children to have a higher quality of life without having to wear a mask.”

Full Study “Corona children studies “Co-Ki”: First results of a Germany-wide registry on mouth and nose covering (mask) in children”
CoKi (Corona & Kids) survey on wearing a protective mouth and nose mask