Without weighing the consequences, Bolsonaro named a ‘German university study’, actually a mere online investigation that had a disproportionate participation of skeptics of the pandemic.
“The side effects of the masks begin to appear here,” said the president during a live broadcast on social networks.
He argued that ‘a German university says they are harmful to children and takes into account several factors: irritability, headaches, difficulty concentrating, decreased perception of happiness, refusal to go to school or kindergarten, discouragement, deterioration of learning ability, dizziness and fatigue ‘.
According to the G1 news portal, which quotes a German news agency, “no German university has produced any study that reaches that conclusion.”
The site claims that Bolsonaro alluded to the results of an online survey conducted by five researchers from the University of Witten / Herdecke, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The scholars intended to form a database to collect reports on the use of masks in children.
In the second semester of 2020, they made an online test available to collect reports and until October 26, 20 thousand 353 people completed the interrogation, by entering the data of some supposed 25 thousand 930 infants.
Participation was voluntary and open to anyone who clicked on the survey link, without sampling the population to obtain a representative image of German society.
The former Army captain took advantage of the fact that 68 percent of the parents indicated the discomfort caused by the use of the mask.
G1 claims that the results of the ‘German poll’ were disseminated on far-right activist accounts, denialist forums and pages promoting pseudoscientific healing methods.
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