Parking a warm saliva-soaked mask in front of a child’s mouth all day isn’t the most obvious way to protect children from exposure to bacteria and viruses. And “Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children” (JAMA Pediatrics, June) heretically suggested that children might be better off with an unobstructed airway.
All is right with the world once more, however. The paper has been retracted by the editors. The only question is why humanity didn’t discover the healing power of full-time mask-wearing centuries ago.
- “Medication Use in the Management of Comorbidities Among Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder From a Large Nationwide Insurance Database” (JAMA Pediatrics, also in June), by Aliya G. Feroe; Nishant Uppal; Alba Gutiérrez-Sacristán; Sajad Mousavi; Philip Greenspun; Rajeev Surati; Isaac S. Kohane; Paul Avillach (It would be nice if modesty prevented me from linking to a paper on which I am listed as an author, but this is a good illustration of the power of SQL)