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Pandemic Restrictions May Harm Infants' Cognitive Development, New Study Finds

But contrary to media reports, there's no specific evidence that masks are the culprit.

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COVID-19 mitigation policies like masks, social distancing, lockdowns, and school closures may have harmed the cognitive development of infants: Verbal, non-verbal, and early learning scores dropped among babies born during the pandemic, according to a new study from Brown University.

"We find that children born during the pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic," wrote the study's authors. "Results highlight that even in the absence of direct SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 illness, the environmental changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly and negatively affecting infant and child development."

Outcomes were worse for males than females, and children in lower socioeconomic households were worst off.

The study has not yet been peer-reviewed, and it has several limitations. Researchers gathered data on 118 children born during the pandemic and compared their cognitive outcomes to a dataset that included 605 kids who were between the ages of 3 months and 3 years in the 2011 to 2020 period. While the pandemic may feel as if it has gone on forever, it's actually only been 20 months, which is not a lot of time for a newborn to develop sufficiently testable skills. Sean Deoni, an associate professor at Brown and one of the study's authors, cautioned that the findings should not be generalized to all kids.

"I think only time will tell if we see prolonged effects, or if this is transient and they recover or normalize as they get older; and if it impacts more 'mature' skills like executive functions and social skills," he tells Reason.

The Daily Mail's report on the study emphasized the possibility that face masks were responsible for the measured cognitive decline, though none of the kids in the pandemic dataset are old enough to be covered by mask mandates.

"I did not speak with the reporter/writer from the Daily Mail, and I don't agree with the rather sensationalized headline that masks are doing harm to our kiddos," he says. "Indeed, we were not able to directly test whether the trends we observed were due to mask wearing, or other potential environmental factors. The best we can say is that we are observing that children have reduced development relative to children we have tested previously."

Deoni pointed out that the largest reductions were in the categories of motor skills and language skills, which may indicate other mitigation efforts, such as social distancing, as likelier culprits.

Still, this pandemic-era drop in cognitive outcomes is notable. And even if the harms end up being smaller than they appear in this study, it's worth keeping in mind that the benefits of COVID-19 restrictions are extremely limited for this age cohort. Due to the virus's age discrimination, young people were almost entirely spared from negative health outcomes relating to the disease itself. Only about 500 children in the U.S. have died of COVID-19, and it is likely that a significant number of those victims had other health problems or compromised immune systems. For the overwhelming majority of healthy kids, there is no good evidence that they should have to wear masks, practice social distancing, and frequently miss school.

Yet in much of the country, the restrictions on young people are currently more stringent than the restrictions on adults and the elderly. In large Democratic cities like New York City and Washington, D.C., schoolchildren are generally masked. And when it's time to eat lunch, they do so outdoors—even as the weather grows colder.

Having to eat lunch outside in the cold is a punishment currently endured by school kids, and only school kids. Adults are eating indoors at restaurants and drinking indoors at bars. Now that D.C.'s mask mandate has ended, indoor gyms can once again let their customers go maskless—but in many places, masks are still required for indoor school sports. It doesn't make any sense that authorities are enforcing the harshest restrictions on the least at-risk people.

The rules for the college-aged are, if anything, even more extreme: Many campuses severely limit interactions between students, require masks even outside, and discourage nearly all forms of socialization. What's occurring is something close to the exact opposite of the ideal: Whatever mitigation policies are in place for adults and the elderly, the policies for young people should be less restrictive, not more.

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  5. This isn't that surprising. In many traditional societies parents don't really talk to their children that much, as they consider talking to someone that can't talk back to be pointless. The kids end up acquiring a few skills a couple years later in life than children in modern societies. But they do acquire them in the end and are normal by the time they reach adulthood.

    A lot of concerns about childhood development are based on a weird idea that early childhood developmental advantages and disadvantages are permanent. This is nonsense, people can play catch-up. It's a lot like exercise. If two athletes start training at slightly different times one athlete won't be fitter than the other forever. Eventually they will both reach their peak and continued training will be for maintenance, not growth.

    1. When are you going to catch up?

    2. "In many traditional societies parents don't really talk to their children that much, as they consider talking to someone that can't talk back to be pointless."

      I've never heard anyone suggest this, ever. Who are you talking to?

      1. Don't know who he is talking TO, but we can all surmise what he's talking out of....

      2. You know. Those traditional stories where they don't write anything down. They don't tell their stories to their children because it's pointless if their children can't talk back.

        1. Traditional *societies*.

      3. I’m pretty sure Mormons talk to their kids.

      4. @speedylee

        I was mostly referencing the findings anthropologists who studied groups like the Tsimane and the Maya. When I said "traditional" I meant "the human race's ancestral environment," not "traditional" as in "conservative Americans."

    3. It isn't just early childhood that has been turned into the Twilight Zone by COVID fascism. Children and youth of all ages are being subjected to a bizarre life. They're not being allowed to catch up. And yes, early childhood deficits do have lifelong consequences if the conditions causing them are not quickly alleved. The young human brain is on a schedule to develop certain abilities at certain stages of growth. If those opportunities are missed, the lost development can never be fully regained
      .

    4. Attachment disorders are serious problems. You never get over failure to form healthy attachments as an infant. Most babies from Eastern European factory orphanages we’re fucked up for life to some degree.

      1. Language development is similar. Interruptions at crucial moments produce lasting deficits.

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  6. "Pandemic Restrictions May Harm Infants' Cognitive Development, New Study Finds"

    Feature. The fascists don't want any more people growing up to think for themselves.

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  7. While the pandemic may feel as if it has gone on forever, it's actually only been 20 months, which is not a lot of time for a newborn to develop sufficiently testable skills.

    Not really for nothing, but 20 mos. is decidedly past 'newborn' or 'infant' and well into 'toddler'.

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  11. Imagine sarc and Dee’s kid under covid restrictions. All the cawgnitive impairments.

  12. The theory is not that infants suffered because they were forced to wear masks, very few have been. The theory is their development suffers when those around them are masked. These guys don't have any data either way so your sub head is irrelevant.

    1. Pretty sure there's also a case to be made that telling a pregnant woman every day for the first "2 weeks" of her pregnancy that 2.2M people are gonna die and to stay inside lest she, or her baby, or her parents become one of them isn't the best way to kick start a new life either.

      When it's legitimately "We don't have enough food to last the winter and the neighbor boy has the same cough that took his mom and sister." there's not much that can be done, but when the survival rate is 99.5+% there's no reason to cause anyone to feel anxiety about going to the grocery store to buy TP.

    2. My wife’s colleague knows somebody who wore a mask to breastfeed her baby. If you’re trying to raise a serial killer, I can’t imagine a better way to start.

      1. This. Liberal, bootlicking Karens shouldnt have children.

  13. Unless those infant cognition problems are politically distributed, then it ain't about the particular politicized covid restrictions is it.

    More likely, pretty much 100% of adults have turned into stupid infantilized assholes who are incapable of being the parents in the house. So of course their kids are now being 'raised' by incompetent angry infants.

    1. Bowf sidez!

      Nuh, I think liberal Karen moms generally have an edge over others when it comes to breeding awkward milksops and autistic psychopaths.

  14. There are those stupid people who drive in their cars with the windows up with masks on. If they have newborns they probably wear masks when dealing with them which may throw off the facial recognition pathways of the infant brain. They'll likely be terrified when they find out what noses, mouths, and teeth look like. Hopefully they'll have a pet and can learn to understand how other animals eat.

    1. Mask your pets. - CDC 2022

  15. Kids catching COVID isn't the risk, the real danger is they'll catch some independence.

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  17. Before 2020 u couldn't find a single study on mask that had anything good to say about wearing a mask. Including a couple by that piece of shit Fucci. History books r full of how mask have been used as torture devices. Mask have been used as public shamming devices in multiple religions over the centuries. To say wearing one doesn't limit your oxygen..., is but one of the most moronic statements a human can make. The Global warming nut jobs scream about carbon dioxide destroying the world. Yet it's all ok for a human to recycle over and over under thier diaper. Covid-19 only exist in those that chose the shot.
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  18. Proof? Masks? Masks don’t need proof. Just a plausible mechanism.

    It’s Swiss cheese, see?

    Save the kids. Ban masks.

  19. "The Daily Mail's report on the study emphasized the possibility that face masks were responsible for the measured cognitive decline, though none of the kids in the pandemic dataset are old enough to be covered by mask mandates."

    Uhm, it might just be that the kids aren't seeing any faces, you terribly bright folks? Its not like faces and their expressions are one of the main cognitive anchors for a social species and that infant cognitive could have something to with seeing, reading, interacting with them? Also as a source of social feedback? Like if we do something dumb people frown, if we do something good people smile? That sorta thing, maybe? Just maybe?

    1. Edit: that infant cognitive DEVELOPMENT could have something to with seeing, reading, interacting with them?

      Use your donations to buy an edit button. I think an edit button is actually a pretty libertarian device.

    2. Yeah, I don't think that anyone thinks that the harms to cognitive development are because the babies are wearing masks, but because they can't see everyone's faces.

  20. Besides, liberal mothers probably experience a lot of stress during pregnancy, especially if they are bootlicking, defeated Karens that wear masks while driving alone.

    Liberal moms tend to have a problem with everything to begin with and we all see the socially inept milksops they spawn. Pandemic dumbness isnt going to make anything better, so kids will be even dumber now, on average.

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    https://tritorch.com/JournalismsNadir.png

    I've heard that "belief is the enemy of knowledge". This is also true of disbelief.

    The reason we are in this mess is because the majority of people believe that the controllers would never do this to us.

    I've tried and failed countless times to open their eyes to the truth of the situation - that the elites are evil incarnate, and that they want most of us dead, and that they want to enslave the rest of us.

    If people still cannot see it given how obvious what is occurring has become, then I do not see how we have any hope of turning the tide on this.

    The normies will just keep on complying and believing what's being done to them is for the greater good while they drag themselves and the rest of us into totalitarianism.

    "The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."
    -Mengele

    http://tritorch.com/safety

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