To the Editor:

It used to be that protests were held to demand more freedoms and basic rights.

Our forefathers gave up much to give that to us.

Today, we have too many people protesting for the exact opposite reason.

They want us to give up our freedoms. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom of choice. Freedom to think for ourselves. No thank you.

With a brand new school year upon us, I was hoping that the kids would be able to being kids.

But no, we can’t let that happen. We have to screw up another school year for them under the guise of protecting them from COVID-19.

I’m sick to death of masks. And I’m more than a little annoyed with parents and teachers who want to strong-arm the district into mandating the wearing of masks for another school year.

Why am I so anti-mask? Plain and simple, they don’t protect against viruses!

Since this pandemic began, medical experts have come forward stating that virus particles are so tiny that they pass right through most masks.

One doctor put it this way — “If you’re wearing a mask and someone next to you passes gas and you can smell it, the mask will not protect you against a virus.”

Virus particles are often only 1 micron in size. Most masks offer protection from 100 to 500 microns. You do the math.

Furthermore, if wearing masks works so well, why is COVID still around? Yeah, I know. The mandate was lifted back in March.

That still means that for one year, pretty much every American wore a mask, and most Americans are still wearing them!

Two very real dangers from mask wearing are hypoxia and hypercapnia.

What are they, you ask? The first is oxygen deprivation caused by the restriction the masks creates.

The second is too much CO2 in the body, caused by re-breathing used air over and over.

What are the symptoms? Anxiety, confusion and restlessness.

Left unchecked, vital signs, activity tolerance and level of consciousness will decrease.

Do you think that might be of some importance? Not just to students, but to everyone who wears a mask!

So what’s the answer? Simple. Quit worrying so much.

Kids suffer the least from COVID. They haven’t had enough time to screw up their immune systems by smoking, drinking, doing drugs and taking too many prescription drugs.

Feed them well and stop trying to scare them and they’ll be just fine.

Bill Paquette

Killeen

(4) comments

Dubmac

How did something so simple become so political? If masks are so ineffective, why have health care professionals worn them in hospital environments for YEARS? Why are they worn during surgeries? Because they prevent the spread of viruses!! We are going to be the cause of our own destruction.

Killeen patriot

I see your older study and I raise you a new study released today. This study showed that mask mandates in no way decreased or slowed COVID rates. They call this scientific proof.

https://escipub.com/Articles/IRJPH/IRJPH-2021-08-1005.pdf

TXProudTXStrong

"Community mask wearing substantially reduces transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in 2 ways. First, masks prevent infected persons from exposing others to SARS-CoV-2 by blocking exhalation of virus-containing droplets into the air (termed source control). This aspect of mask wearing is especially important because it is estimated that at least 50% or more of transmissions are from persons who never develop symptoms or those who are in the presymptomatic phase of COVID-19 illness.1 In recent laboratory experiments, multilayer cloth masks were more effective than single-layer masks, blocking as much as 50% to 70% of exhaled small droplets and particles.2,3 In some cases, cloth masks have performed similar to surgical or procedure masks for source control. Second, masks protect uninfected wearers. Masks form a barrier to large respiratory droplets that could land on exposed mucous membranes of the eye, nose, and mouth. Masks can also partially filter out small droplets and particles from inhaled air. Multiple layers of fabric and fabrics with higher thread counts improve filtration. However, the observed effectiveness of cloth masks to protect the wearer is lower than their effectiveness for source control,3 and the filtration capacity of cloth masks can be highly dependent on design, fit, and materials used. Standards for cloth masks are needed to help consumers select marketed products."

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2776536

Killeen patriot

This could not be more true. Since most of the pro-mask crowd, at last Tuesday's board meeting, used the term follow the science; I have decided to drop some documented science on this post, not conjecture science you heard while watching CNN or MSNBC.

The University of Waterloo on August 23, 2021 released the results of testing they had done on how effective mask were at stopping respiratory aerosols from dispersing. Here is their conclusion "The results show that a standard surgical and three-ply cloth masks, which see current widespread use, filter at apparent efficiencies of only 12.4% and 9.8%". So every time you exhale, 88 - 90% of the aerosol in your breath travels approximately 2m (6ft). Hmmm... I wonder if there would be any virus in that 90% or does COVID know to stop at the mask and be part of the 10% that is stopped? So since you are all about the science, here is scientific proof that mask provide essentially no protection by wearing them. This is not opinion, or fauci-ism, or blind faith in the CDC. This is just science. Additionally, the study showed that the only mask that provided any level of protection were N95 mask. According to OSHA, you must have a fit test performed to ensure you have the right size and style of N95 mask. A step which usually only happens for health care providers, not the general public. So stop blindly insisting mask will stop the spread of COVID, because the science state otherwise.

Here is the name of the study

Experimental investigation of indoor aerosol dispersion and accumulation in the context of COVID-19: Effects of masks and ventilation

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