A team at the University of Florida recently tested a tiny sample of face masks and discovered 11 deadly diseases, including germs that cause diphtheria, pneumonia, and meningitis.

Concerned parents in Gainesville, Florida, sent six masks to the University of Florida’s Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center to be analyzed for contaminants. Five masks were worn by children aged 6 to 11 for five to eight hours at school, and one mask was worn by an adult.

Three were surgical, two were cotton, and one was a polyester gaiter among the six covers. The control samples were new masks and a t-shirt that had been worn at school.

Rational Ground reports that parasites, fungus, and bacteria were discovered in five of the masks. One was found to have a virus that may infect cattle and deer and produce a deadly systemic illness.

On the facial covers, less dangerous bacteria that can cause ulcers, acne, and strep throat were also discovered.

Samples from the t-shirt found proteins commonly found in skin and hair, along with some commonly found in soil,” according to the study.

Amanda Donoho, a mom of three elementary school kids, banded together with other parents to send the masks to the lab after her boys developed rashes she believes were caused by extended mask use.

On June 17, Donoho told the press: “Our kids have been in masks all day, seven hours a day in school,” and then “the only break that they get is to eat or drink.”

While children haven’t been forced to wear masks outside of school since April 2021, Donoho said masks were still required when they were within six to eight feet of each other. On school buses, masks must also be worn.

Donoho believes that further study is needed to understand better what is put on children’s faces.

By the time of publication, Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Carlee Simon had not responded to a request for comment.

Despite evidence demonstrating that children are barely impacted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19) and aren’t super-spreaders of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head advised that youngsters should continue to wear masks and maintain social distance until they are vaccinated.

On May 3, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed an executive order suspending all COVID-19 emergency restrictions, including mask use.

However, certain school districts, such as ACPS, maintained their mask policy for the rest of the school year, while masks were optional in the community.

Masks will be optional for the 2021–22 school year but will be mandatory on school buses until mid-September unless federal transportation regulations change, according to ACPS.

Masks are still necessary on aircraft, trains, buses, and airports, according to the CDC.

Masks are no longer needed in “outdoor sections of a conveyance (such as a ferry or the top deck of a bus),” according to a revised June 17 regulation. Individuals who have been wholly vaccinated may continue normal activities as before the pandemic without wearing masks or physically separating themselves unless federal or state law requires it.

Two weeks after receiving their second messenger RNA vaccine shot or a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination, they are deemed completely immunized.

People who have recovered from COVID-19 and have natural immunity are not advised by the CDC.