To the Editor:

Face masks are damaging our school children. Experts have indicated that there has been an alarming increase in emotional, psychological and social problems among school children — including self-harm and suicide. The rise of these problems coincides directly with the imposition of mask wearing. Children are being forced to wear cloth face masks which, according to OSHA do not even meet the minimum requirements for PPE. The definitive mask study was done by Copenhagen University Hospital with more than 6,000 subjects and the results indicated there is NO significant benefit from mask wearing.

School children have little, if any, risk of catching or transmitting COVID-19 and those rare students who do get sick have mild symptoms (and should stay home anyway). The recovery rate from COVID-19 for children is virtually 100%. Why then are we forcing them to wear masks which are clearly exacerbating all of their problems and contributing to their isolation, confusion, fear and anxiety?

Forcing children to wear masks is unnecessary, unconscionable and abusive. Haven’t we inflicted enough damage on our children already? These draconian measures must stop. The children have no voice and no choice. But you and I do! The health and safety of our children is at stake. Please speak out to your local school boards and demand an end to this perverse and useless form of child abuse.

Eli Kassirer

New Paltz

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