Dr. Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, explained that the week of July 25, 2021 “saw the largest week-over-week percentage increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The data show 71,726 COVID cases in children, almost double the 38,654 reported in the previous week. Simply stated, the Delta variant has created a new and pressing risk to children and adolescents across this country, as it has also done for unvaccinated adults.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reveals that as of September 2, over 5 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. About 252,000 cases were added the week before Sept. 2, 2021, the largest number of child cases in a week since the pandemic began. After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially, with over 750,000 cases added between August 5 and September 2.
- Myth #2: Masks don’t work.
- Myth #3: Masks can be dangerous to kids (e.g., masks restrict air flow, increase CO2 levels in the bloodstream, cause CO2 poisoning).
- Myth #4: Face masks can lead to carbon dioxide poisoning (known as hypercapnia) from re-breathing the air we normally breathe out.
Jennifer Burgess, D.O., a family medicine physician with Henry Ford Health System. “Wearing a mask will not affect your immune system in the least. Your body will continue to work as it's meant to.”
Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, emphasized there is no credible evidence masks are unsafe for children. She said the science is clear that face coverings have prevented the spread of COVID-19 in schools. “If we want to have kids in school this fall, and as many kids as we possibly can get into school, masks are a key component.” Doctor Gregory Demuri, Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has told schools that “[Making masks optional] is potentially disastrous. Masks should not be optional in a school setting. The CDC has spoken loud and clearly about this.” Further he explained that the delta variant of COVID-19 is easier to spread. “This variant looks like it’s much more contagious. We’re also seeing much more infection, many more infections in children with this variant.”
 Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2020) https://www.pnas.org/content/117/26/14857
 Myths about COVID 19 and children, Department of Pediatrics, UW School of medicine and Public Health, https://www.pediatrics.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/UWSMPH-DoP-Myths-about-Covid-19-and-Children.pdf
 The new school year is already a disaster: Thousands of students are quarantining as COVID-19 cases skyrocket among kids (Aug. 14, 2021) https://www.businessinsider.com/schools-reopening-covid-cases-rising-quarantine-2021-8
 Letter of Dr. Beers to FDA, https://downloads.aap.org/DOFA/AAP%20Letter%20to%20FDA%20on%20Timeline%20for%20Authorization%20of%20COVID-19%20Vaccine%20for%20Children_08_05_21.pdf
 Children and COVID-19: State-Level Data Report (AAP Sept.2, 2021), https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/
 Science Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/masking-science-sars-cov2.html
 Mask Use and Ventilation Improvements to Reduce COVID-19 Incidence in Elementary Schools — Georgia, November 16–December 11, 2020, (CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report May 28, 2021), https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7021e1.htm
 Effectiveness of Mask Wearing to Control Community Spread of SARS-CoV-2 (JAMA Insights February 10, 2021), https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2776536
 Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Kids & Cloth Face Coverings, https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Mask-Mythbusters.aspx
 Can face masks lower oxygen levels or weaken the immune system? Here’s what health experts say
 Debunking Mask Myths: Why It's Important To Wear A Face Mask (Henry Ford Health Systems 2020), https://www.henryford.com/blog/2020/11/debunking-covid19-mask-myths; Fact check: Face masks do not weaken the immune system, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/05/08/fact-check-wearing-face-mask-does-not-weaken-immune-system/3088954001/
 Masks in schools: Federal guidance divides parents heading into new school year (Channel 3000 August 2, 2021), https://www.channel3000.com/i/masks-in-schools-federal-guidance-divides-parents-heading-into-new-school-year/
 Rural Kenosha County school district says masks are optional (Show transcript Channel 12-WISN April 9, 2021), https://www.wisn.com/article/rural-kenosha-county-school-district-says-masks-are-optional/36081802