Natl Geographic story on ‘experts’ claiming masks benefit children ‘in more ways than one’ ridiculed

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National Geographic, once a well-respected science magazine, is taking heat for citing so-called “experts” to claim that masking children is somehow beneficial for them.

“Experts say most evidence suggests that masking doesn’t harm children—and that it benefits them in more ways than one,” the magazine said in announcing its piece on Twitter early Friday morning.

The tweet was quickly ratioed, with critics rushing to debunk the narrative that National Geographic was trying to sell its audience.


The “experts” include Samantha Mitsven, a psychology doctoral candidate (i.e., someone who hasn’t yet earned their graduate degree) at the University of Miami.

“Mitsven led a recent study analyzing audio recordings of preschoolers—one classroom that was observed over multiple visits before the pandemic and another classroom that was observed when the children and teachers were required to mask,” according to National Geographic.

“The study found no difference in how much the children spoke or the diversity of the language they used. This was true even for children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, a population that made up half of each class.”

But her single study is contrasted by the testimony of numerous parents:

Even Dr. Leana Wen, a COVID zealot who works for CNN, has warned of the problems posed by forcing children to mask up:

Another “expert” cited by National Geographic is Walter Gilliam, a child psychiatry and psychology professor at Yale University whose “evidence” appears to be his opinion.

National Geographic notes that a valid study published last year “in Frontiers in Psychology showed that children between the ages of three and five were less adept at recognizing the emotions on photographs of people wearing masks compared to photographs of unmasked people.”

But William “says this study and others like it are limited by their reliance on still photographs.”

“I’m more than just my eyeballs,” were his exact words.

As counter-“evidence,” he points to “another study showing that children have no more difficulty reading the emotions of a person wearing a face mask than they do a person wearing sunglasses.”

National Geographic also cites the words of Theresa Guilbert, a pediatric pulmonologist. FYI, pulmonology refers to respiratory issues.

“Guilbert agrees that there’s no sign that masking keeps children and adolescents from developing socially—and, she argues, it might be key to ensuring they can go to school. Over the course of two years, evidence has grown that masking policies help schools stay open by reducing the number of outbreaks,” the magazine claims.

Evidence has also shown that the reopening of schools has been tied almost exclusively to the influence of teachers’ unions …

Not mentioned anywhere in National Geographic’s piece is the fact that on the global level, the United States is extraordinarily rare in its decision to mask up young children.

Most Western countries have never forced young children to mask up. And even those who did implement mask policies have since rescinded them amid the pandemic’s decline.

But thanks to “experts” like Mitsven, a veritable grad student, the push to keep children masks remains alive and well here in the states …


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