Friday, December 31, 2021

Lockdown Policies And Mask Mandates Linked With Lower IQ And Social Brain Damage In Children

by GreatGameIndia,
December 29, 2021 06:15 AM
According to a clinical psychiatrist for children and adolescents, recent lockdown guidelines and mask regulations in the country are leading to a generation of children with lower IQs and signs of social brain damage.

On an interview with host Cindy Drukier of “The Nation Speaks” aired on 25th of December, Dr. Mark McDonald referred to a study (read below) published on August 11 by Brown University that noted that “children born during the pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic.”

In a separate interview within the same episode, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, professor Carl Heneghan, made reference to evidence that the restrictions around the pandemic and the “fear we instill into children” has resulted in the aggravation of psychological issues.

“Eight out of 10 children and adolescents report worsening of behavior or any psychological symptoms or an increase in negative feelings due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” concluded the Oct. 2 study that Heneghan cited.

“School closures contributed to increased anxiety, loneliness and stress; negative feelings due to COVID-19 increased with the duration of school closures,” the study reports. “Deteriorating mental health was found to be worse in females and older adolescents.”