Let our Voices be Heard

By Emma Jones Centennial 8th Grader

Non-staff Contributor

Time after time when people speak out about the difference of professional opinion behind this Covid-19 virus, they get shut down, ridiculed, publicly harassed, threatened, assaulted, and even lost their livelihoods. Once they realize that it’s not even close to logically correct, they will begin to threaten anyone and everyone into compliance, such as even in our very hallways. This country was built on freedom and liberty, what will we become if we begin to stray away from our roots? Those who lost their lives for freedom in this country would look down and what’s become and be disappointed. They may seem small but what you allow is what shall continue.  It’s not just about Covid-19 or masks. Itś about the bigger picture. It’s about the deceitful lies we are forced to believe in.

Some people would like to call me a rebel or an unpatriotic knucklehead. If speaking my voice for what’s right makes me a rebel or knucklehead, then I’d be proud to have that title. C0- writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson once said ¨When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.¨  These quarantines and mask requirements have no justification other than to control. When we have high-end doctors who spent their life studying medicine, speaking out about how masks and the Covid-19 virus aren’t a big deal. You would think we would listen to them and continue their research? Yet, that wasn’t the case with our very own Frontline worker. LA physician Dr. Simone Gould spoke out about how hydroxychloroquine and over-the-counter medication could help the Covid-19 situation. July 30th, 2020 Fox News interviewed her about how her videos had been recently censored by the big tech. She was fired from her job as a result of expressing her medical opinion. You would think we could have the freedom of speech in America. 

I was brought up by a Criminal and Civil awareness family. What I’ve learned is that words are very important. Such as how the CDC regularly adds open ending words like may or could. I.e ¨Cloth face coverings may protect the wearer and may protect from spreading the virus.¨ This is what would be called a release of liability because they know the masks aren’t efficient. In the review of a previous study from the CDC, key lessons learned were ¨The general public should be educated about mask use because cloth masks may give users a false sense of protection because of their limited protection against acquiring infections.¨  I would like to remind you this very statement was done by the same old CDC that has been creating unjustified fear. Now they are thinking about two masks… what happened to all that talk about how effective and efficient masks are?

There have been multiple studies such as “A cluster randomized trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers”, and” Effectiveness of Cloth Masks for Protection Against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2” that have supported the idea that masks are not efficient, and could end up doing more harm than good. In the article A cluster-randomized trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers, the study concluded “This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety, Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.” Just by walking down my very own school hallways, I could tell you about half the students at Centennial Junior High school would pick buffs/ Gators. Many students wear the school mask, but many don’t like how it’s hard to breathe due to the reusable tactics. When asked common answers were, ¨Gator because it is easier to put on and breaths easier than any other mask.¨, and ¨It does not smell like bleach.¨ Not only do scientists but children at my very own school could testify that there would be no doubt in their mind that there could be backlash with masks.

I have been told that I have no care for humanity. That I want to hurt people because I don’t believe in wearing masks. I can empathize with those who’ve lost loved ones during this “pandemic”. But when the survival rate is almost 100% I think we don’t need to worry about that. According to WORLD CHILD HUNGER FACTS,  “Approximately 3.1 million children die from undernutrition each year.” While according to the Washington Coronavirus Map and Case Count  there have only been 5,225 deaths by Covid. I don’t see those who are panicking about Covid going to Africa to try to end world hunger. We have bigger things to worry about than a virus with a 99.9 survival rate. Also if our Governor Mark Gordon believes Covid-19 is a threat, then why are there countless pictures of him without a mask on in public? 

In conclusion, when we have professional doctors speak out about the truth we need to listen to them and not shut them down. We need to protect the first amendment. We can not be brainwashed about Covid when it’s all for a political agenda. I can empathize with those who lost a loved one to this virus but people die, it’s the way of life. Before we go into frantic blame about something that’s only ended a few thousand lives short we should look at a problem that has killed hundreds of thousands. If we are okay enough to start lifting partial mandates (stores, restaurants etc) Then we should uplift it for our schools. For our health, people need to realize these masks can cause some damage. Now, may I say Let our voices be heard in the name of Freedom and end this fabricated chaos that is amongst our homes, our towns, and our schools.