Cloth masks are akin to wearing a Petri dish on one's face, especially for children who are more likely to touch their faces, less likely to wash their hands and more likely to contend with overly loose masks (since they tend to be designed for adults and run large on children's faces). If anything, non-medical mask use poses more of a challenge to children's immature immune systems more so than lockdowns may have impaired them. Consequently, I would be curious to know whether the children who contracted hepatitis were engaged in particularly unsanitary masking practices (parents not washing/changing the masks daily) and/or disproportionately impacted by child masking mandates in schools, daycare and the like.

Another possible culprit is that there is overlap between the spike proteins induced by vaccination and that which are created by COVID-19 infection where liver inflammation/injury risk exists. To answer that question, it would be helpful to know how many of the impacted children have had prior COVID-19 infection vs. vaccination. Does this "outbreak" exist in children who are neither innoculated nor known to have suffered a prior infection?

A final possibility — although this is admittedly straying from the "keep it simple" principle — is that there is shedding involved from vaccinated adults that very young children, by virtue of their smaller body mass and immature immune systems, are disproportionately vulnerable to. About a year ago there were documents associated with the 2020 clinical trials circulating in which it was suggested that the adult participants limit exposure to non-vaccinated partners and/or to report if close contact occurred following vaccination. Although dismissed as conspiracy, it does raise the question why this data was necessary if no chance of shedding exists.

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