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Child sacrifice, attributed to ancient world pagan culture, kills beautiful, young, healthy children to appease deities in times of famine or drought. In times of trouble, the beautiful daughter of a king might be sacrificed as they sought the blessing of the supernatural. During the Covid pandemic, we also sacrifice the healthy young to appease those paralyzed by fear. In both cultures, the healthy young are subject to mandates or rituals that don’t placate the disaster yet harm our children’s well-being.
At the outset of the pandemic, governors instituted a lockdown which forced healthy people to quarantine at home in contrast to previously when the sick were told to stay home. Playgrounds were cordoned off with yellow caution tape and basketball nets were tied up to prevent children from using them. Neighbors ratted out kids for playing soccer at the local schoolyard. Although we knew that the young were rarely afflicted and rarely vectors of infection, children were told they would kill grandma unless they stayed home. Whereas we previously worried about excessive screen time hampering social interactions, emotional well-being, and physical health, we instituted policies that encouraged isolation and increased screen time.
To make matters worse, schools were shuttered for 3 to 18 months, depending on local state or school district mandates. In July 2020, the country’s top pediatricians advocated for schools to open but the teachers’ unions, county health departments, and school boards voted otherwise. Children were moved to remote learning, where they typically spent 6-9 hours staring at a screen — either “attending class” or completing assignments to prove they were engaged in learning activities. Not surprisingly, children suffered learning loss with California school students failing at double the rate as the previous years, undesirable weight gain leading to significant obesity rates, a tripling of child abuse, and a mental health crisis affecting 80% of children with associated anxiety, eating disorders, and drug use.
When schools reopened in Spring 2020, mask mandates forced many children to wear masks both indoors and outdoors while at school. Although the evidence for mask effectiveness as mitigation against viral spread was weak, teachers’ unions and the CDC pushed masking aggressively for all children over age 2 in California. After lifting the indoor mask mandate for fully vaccinated in May, children ages 3-18 years old were the only group required to wear masks indoors (and all day long). Harms of wearing masks have been reported — teachers report wearing a mask hampers effective teaching since mask-wearing reduces communication, disrupts personal interaction, increases anxiety, concentrates pathogens in the mouth/skin, and can disrupt cardiac/pulmonary function in ways that led a high school track athlete to pass out. Nonetheless, California’s public health website touts masks as the most effective mitigation strategy.
The CDC website continues to lie about both the efficacy and lack of harms from mask-wearing — assuring us that “wearing a mask does not raise the carbon dioxide level in the air you breathe.” However, Fauci acknowledges possible dangers to masking children saying, “It’s not comfortable, obviously, for children to wear masks….But hopefully, this will be a temporary thing, temporary enough that it doesn’t have any lasting negative impact on them.” While 16 states mandated school masking, 9 states banned mask mandates and Biden asked Education Secretary Cardona to use legal power to block state mask bans. While our neighbors in Sweden, Tennessee, and South Dakota have never had a school mask mandate and most European schools have dropped mandatory child masking. I can’t understand why the CDC, spurred by the teachers unions, expends so much energy pushing universal school masking, a mitigation with questionable efficacy and developmental harms.
More than masks, the mandatory Covid vaccine sacrifices the healthy child, who gains no benefit from the jab but introduces known (and unknown) risks, to pacify the unhealthy or fearful. While the FDA has observed “a signal of myocarditis risk” in young males, a recent study shows boys 12 to 17 years old face a sixfold higher risk of hospitalization post-mRNA vaccine for myocarditis over baseline with a 1 in 6200 measured risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis in the younger 12-15-year-old boys. Another study found after close surveillance a 1-in-3,800 risk of myocarditis in 18-24-year-old Canadian men. The survival rate for a healthy child is 100% so any vaccine-induced deaths are sacrificing too many to appease fear.
Let’s suppose that all myocarditis is reversible and athletes recover to play their sport, but what if the Pfizer jab no longer protects against Covid transmission? If the premise for children getting vaccinated is to achieve herd immunity, the Pfizer vaccine with vaccine efficacy dropping to 22% after 5 months won’t help. With case rates higher among vaccinated than unvaccinated, accelerating vaccination rates among the least vulnerable makes no sense. In the rush to vaccinate, the Pfizer vaccine received emergency use authorization (EUA) for those 16+ even though only 138 study participants were in the 16-18 age group. In July, the FDA requested Pfizer/Moderna to expand age 5-11 trial participants by 3000 to better evaluate vaccine side effects — the fact that at least 50,000 children are needed to measure protection against death suggests children don’t require an EUA vaccine. Last month Pfizer requested FDA approval for 5-11-year-olds, which doesn’t require phase 3 data but instead can infer effectiveness from equivalent antibody response in the pediatric group compared with 18+ population where efficacy had been demonstrated. Probably better for FDA to spend more time studying vaccine-associated harms — myocarditis, whether vaccine sequelae worsens with prior infection, and safe vaccine doses for adolescents. Whereas the Aztecs of the 1500s cracked the child’s chest open to offer the still-beating heart to the gods, modern child sacrifice requires injecting genetic material that causes heart-inflammatory myocarditis while insisting this shot will end the pandemic.
As a country, we’ve pushed policies with significant harms and minimal benefits upon our children. From lockdowns to school closures, from useless cloth masks to EUA vaccines, we’ve subjected healthy children to fear of killing their grandparents. By calling upon the 400 child Covid deaths, all of which had medical illnesses like obesity or diabetes, we are sacrificing the healthy children by subjecting them to “deaths of despair” caused by shaming, isolation, loss of autonomy, economic harm, and vaccine-associated disability.Published in