From October 2022, Germans will be required to wear masks until spring the following year. There have already been a number of alarming studies that show how damaging mask mandates have been for toddlers and young children; who are still in the process of developing their social skills and cognitive abilities.
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According to The Local: “The idea is to make masks compulsory during the winter months when Covid cases have been higher since the beginning of the pandemic. Advocates of the plan reportedly hope that it will not only slow the spread of Covid but also hinder other lung infections from spreading at a time of year when flu infections are typically high.”
The Royal Society Open Science journal published a study that found that a major effect of lockdowns on children was that they suffered from clinical depression; furthermore, a former SAGE advisor to the government, Prof. John Edmunds has publicly come out against lockdowns: which have had negative consequences that were not even taken into consideration when modeling. Now the Professor has had to distance himself from the entire narrative.
Johns Hopkins University has also produced a major study, which came to the conclusion that lockdowns all over the world have made even more of a detrimental and long-lasting impact on society than they have made in any other beneficial way. In the end, researchers have concluded that lockdowns “are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
Now the Royal College of Speech and Language and Language therapists has proclaimed that children have suffered from gaps in their development; which could possibly widen over the coming years, as some skills were never learnt. The RCSLT has stated that under assessments, one in five children are below average and are not meeting accepted standards by two and a half years old - which means that thousands of children will need speech and language support.
Another report by OFSTED has come to the same conclusion: those children who were around adults that wore face masks for two years now have reduced speech and language abilities. The main reason for this development is that children have been unable to see mouth movements and facial expressions; therefore, these children have not been as willing to socialize with their friends as would have been previously expected.
In the United States, director of the Speech and Learning Institute Jaclyn Theek, has said that her clinic has received a 364% increase in requests from parents that want Speech and Language therapy for their babies and toddlers who are speech delayed. The director says that what she is seeing is very similar to what would otherwise be associated with autism.