It is astounding hypocrisy to recommend that young children wear masks in their own homes, then go maskless at an indoor crowded event a few days later. Health officials must immediately provide policy-level evidence of the direct benefit of masking to kids themselves or be willing to defend their misguided and harmful advice in a debate. Please embrace informed consent and patient autonomy, stop allowing our children to be used as pawns in militaryfear propaganda, and as adult COVID-19 shields.
Dr. Eric Payne MD, MPH, FRCP(C) is a Pediatric Neurologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary. He obtained fellowship training in neurocritical care and epilepsy at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. As a consultant at Mayo Clinic, he developed research expertise in neuroinflammation. He testified at A Citizen’s Hearing - Examining Canada’s COVID Response and was involved in the Canadian Covid Care Alliance’s It’s Time to Stop the Shots campaign.