By Adam Dick
While state and local governments, schools, businesses and various locations have recently removed masks and social distancing requirements for adults and children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this week recommended that all children and adolescents over the age of two and the elderly, who are not “fully vaccinated” against the coronavirus, wear masks and “social distancing” in a wide variety of circumstances when outdoors. The AAP’s recommendation for wearing a mask even extends to the home “in households with medically vulnerable, immunocompromised, or at-risk adults and children.”
The absurdity of the AAP’s recommendation is apparent when you consider that, first, children and adolescents have a very low chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from the coronavirus and, second, wearing masks has not been established. and “social distancing” some net protection against infection. While absurd, the recommendation is also dangerous, as there is both physical and mental harm to young people from being forced to wear masks and distance themselves from other people during their daily activities.
As for the risks to children from coronavirus, the AAP reports that state reports show that coronavirus in children leads to hospitalization only 0.1 percent to 1.9 percent of the time and between 0.00 percent and 0.03 percent of the time. until death. Furthermore, a study published last week in AAP’s journal Hospital Pediatrics suggests that even the low rates of childhood hospitalizations are much exaggerated, with a review of a hospital’s records showing that nearly 40 percent of children diagnosed with that they had been hospitalized for coronavirus, instead were simply patients without any coronavirus symptoms who had been hospitalized for other reasons, but who happened to test positive under the hospital’s universal coronavirus testing policy.
The AAP recommendation could also put young people at greater risk by encouraging them to take experimental coronavirus vaccines, including vaccines that aren’t even vaccines in the normal sense of the term. These experimental coronavirus vaccine vaccines may pose much greater side effects risks than the coronavirus risks they reduce, especially the younger people taking the shots.
Promoted to the top of the front page of the AAP website’s homepage is a link to the organization’s “resources” for “Preparing Your Practice for the COVID-19 Childhood Vaccine.” Included is a policy statement titled “COVID-19 Vaccines in Children and Adolescents” from the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, which generally favors giving experimental vaccines against the coronavirus to children 12 years and older. The policy statement even says it’s fine to give these injections along with “routine” vaccinations.
Plans are in the works to also give younger children experimental vaccines against the coronavirus.
The AAP describes itself as “an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.” The organization’s recommendations can be expected to have some impact on the formulation of government policy on mask and social distancing mandates, as well as government policy on coronavirus vaccines. Also, the next time parents take their children to the pediatrician, parents should be prepared that the pediatrician’s views on mask-wearing, “social distancing” and experimental coronavirus vaccines could be the same as those of the AAP.
This article is published by RonPaul Institute