Despite the progress of vaccination against COVID-19 and the fact that specialists assure that the use of masks affects children, acts of censorship continue in the United States. The most recent was against Erin Pein, a school nurse in New Jersey who denounced having been suspended from her job after refusing to use the mask and suggesting that its use in children is harmful.
Erin Pein commented that she has witnessed how the use of facemasks on children has not only caused psychological damage, but has also directly impacted physical health.
The nurse explained in a YouTube video that she treated a first-grade girl at school who vomited only because she was nervous about wearing the mask.
The nurse went on to argue that the masks are not only ineffective in preventing the virus, but also become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria when not used correctly. She said that so far she “hasn’t seen a single child” in the Stafford Township School District wearing them correctly.
“I didn’t think that voicing my concerns was going to make a difference, so I decided that I was going to do my own form of protest. … I let them know that I was no longer going to be wearing a mask at work,” said Erin Pein, who added that she was suspended and “escorted out of the building” on Monday that she went to work without a mask.
Erin Pein went on to receive the support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh, who pledged to support Pein’s cause. “When Erin Pein tried to voice her concerns about making kids wear masks, she was suspended and escorted out of her school, all for trying to take a stand for the health of our children,” Singh wrote in an op-ed in The Daily Caller.
“We should listen to the first-hand experience of everyday heroes like Erin and base our policies on real-world realities.” he said.
This is not the first time that some sort of sanction or censorship has been made public toward those who speak out against child masks.
At the beginning of April, YouTube censored the governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, and a group of experts who questioned the use of face masks on minors.
In the video, the scientists stated that only high-risk people should stay at home if they want to and that children do not need to wear masks.
Science-based states move forward
This Monday, May 3, DeSantis put an end to all pandemic-linked measures and restrictions citing the efficacy of vaccines, “This is the evidence-based thing to do.”
In addition to Florida, the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Georgia also ended pandemic-related restrictions.
An article in The Gazette recalls how these states have better epidemiological data than those localities with tight restrictions.
“The total number of new cases in Texas last April 20 was 3,004, or 103 per million. In Michigan, with its restaurants at 50% capacity, partial confinements, strict social distancing orders, and, as we have said, perpetual masking, the average number of new infections for April 20 was 790 per million, almost eight times worse than in Texas,” the article points out.