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Brown University Study Shows COVID Rules are to Blame for Decline in Children’s Development

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The Daily Mail reported on a “disturbing study” that “shows scores in three key cognitive tests slumped between 2018 and 2021, with face mask rules among possible culprits.” The federal government is forcing mandates on your children in the name of safety, health and the “greater good” but the reality is a very dark one.

The study was conducted by Brown University and shows that COVID rules are blamed for a 23% “dive in young children’s development.” Researchers analyzed 1,070 assessments administered on 605 kids prior to March 2020, before COVID rules such as masking and lockdowns went into effect.

Daily Mail writes “a further 154 assessments from 118 kids administered between March 2020 and June 2021, during the height of the pandemic, were then carried out.” Also, 39 children born in 2018 and 2019 were analyzed over the course of the pandemic into 2021.

The report found there was a 23 percent drop in scores which measured kids’ intelligence quotients since the start of the pandemic. “The study also found similar dips in the same span in regards to developing children’s ability to communicate, both verbally and through subtle facial cues.”

Verbal development “quotient also dropped dramatically, from an average of 100 in 2018 to just below 90 in 2020, and around 70 in 2021.” Non-verbal development “also experienced a similar dip, from a mean score of around 105 in 2019, to 100 in 2020 and around 80 in 2021.”

In conclusion, the study found that “children born during the pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic.”

“In addition” the report adds, “masks worn in public settings and in school or daycare settings may impact a range of early developing skills, such as attachment, facial processing, and socioemotional processing.”

Children at the most risk are boys from poor backgrounds: “we find that males appear significantly more impacted than females and that higher socioeconomic status (SES, as measured by maternal education) helps buffer against this negative impact.”

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Freedom in the UK: Johnson ends ‘all Covid measures’ including mask wearing

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The United Kingdom is enjoying a huge announcement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced “the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant – compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home and vaccine certificates – from next week” reports The Guardian.

For those with coronavirus, the legal requirement for them to self-isolate will also be allowed to lapse when the regulations expire on March 24. Johnson also announced an immediate end for students to wear masks at secondary schools.

“From tomorrow we will no longer require face masks in classrooms and the Department for Education will shortly remove national guidance on their use in communal areas,” Johnson told the Commons.

“In the country at large we will continue to suggest the use of face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces, particularly when you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, but we will trust the judgment of the British people and no longer criminalise anyone who chooses not to wear one.”

The Prime Minister said Covid data was “showing that time and again this government got the toughest decisions right” and that plan B rules that were put in place in December could all be lifted from next Thursday, the day after a pre-existing review point.

The Guardian notes Britain had expected Johnson would soon be ending work-from-home guidance and the mandate to show a certificate proving vaccination or proof of a recent negative Covid test. However, the immediate lifting of mandatory mask rules will “come as a surprise to some.”

Johnson is receiving some push back from some teaching and health unions. The general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said ministers would “regret sending the wrong signal to the public for political expediency”.

Joint general secretary of the National Education Union Mary Bousted said, “While the trend amongst secondary aged children is down, it is however uncertain, due to the short time schools have been back since the Christmas holidays, that this trend will continue. Such uncertainty could lead to a pronounced risk of increased disruption with children and staff having to isolate.”

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