While discussing masks mandates, author Naomi Wolf expresses shock that a new study from Brown University — which suggests a 21% drop in children’s IQ during the pandemic — is not front page news.


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Absolutely stunning.

In the decade preceding the pandemic, the mean IQ score on standardized tests for children aged between three months and three years of age hovered around 100, but for children born during the pandemic that number tumbled to 78.

With limited stimulation at home and less interaction with the world outside, pandemic-era children appear to have scored shockingly low on tests designed to assess cognitive development, said lead study author Sean Deoni, associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University.

“It’s not subtle by any stretch,” said Deoni. “You don’t typically see things like that, outside of major cognitive disorders.”

Human rights attorney Liz Yore dives deeper into the study and says it’s absolutely critical to take action by bringing this study and relevant information to school board meetings or parent’s councils.


The study, published on medrxiv, looked at 672 children in Rhode Island.

Scientists tested the children on verbal, non-verbal and early-learning skills to assess their development. 

All the children were born at full-term and were mostly white. 

Experts found children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds fared worse in the tests. 

He said while the fall in IQs at early ages will not guarantee children are less intelligent in later life, the ‘ability to course-correct becomes smaller, the older that child gets’.

They added mask-wearing by adults may have also impacted babies’ development because children were less able to learn from facial cues.

Also this week, The Wall Street Journal has published an editorial outlining the several major negative consequences that youngsters face when they wear masks. Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor, and Dr. H. Cody Meissner, the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Tufts Children’s Hospital, collaborated on the editorial in The Wall Street Journal

Babies’ verbal development each year since 2010 (100 marks the average score over time)

Non-verbal development in babies each year since 2010 (100 marks the average score over time)

The overall early learning composite — the equivalent of an IQ test for babies, which tests language, motor and problem-solving skill — of children over time


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  1. I thought we decided IQ tests were racist? Did the study account for demographic changes among the tested? All things being equal, I would attribute the change to the relentless decline in public schools. Having witnessed first hand some online teaching during the pandemic, for the most part they are not even trying.

  2. Were the 0-1 year old Pandemic babies scores compared to 0-3 year olds’ scores?

  3. They tested children born during the pandemic, i.e. they are not in school yet. Without a doubt our schools are in a nose dive academically, but that has nothing to do with this study.

  4. By design. With IQs that low, they are destined to be solid Democrat voters.

  5. Hmmm… “Born” during the pandemic…so at best they are 18 months old…and we are performing an IQ test on them?

  6. I am sorry but COVID 19 has been with us for about 20 months and I cannot see how you can figure out IQ of anyone so young. I believe most of COVID is fake.

  7. How do you assess the IQ of a baby less than a year old. This is more fear mongering. So what’s the treatment … an immersion into CRT? … more vaccines? Just pizza of.

  8. I don’t think so. The age group is pre-public school, 3 months to 3 years.

  9. Please re-read and try to actually comprehend the article, Len. The sample was almost completely white, so a supposedly racist IQ test is not a factor in this case. The study covered infant to 3 year-old children…not yet school age, so don’t blame the public schools for the drop in average IQ measured by the study.

  10. No doubt the lockdowns and masks are idiotic, but IQ is a durable trait, they are measuring a drop in achievement NOT IQ.

  11. The key here is that the same tests from before the pandemic show kids with much higher a abilities.

  12. They’ll have to live in Oregon, where it won’t matter!

  13. If both the kids parents wore masks inside the house, the low IQ is in the gene pool.

  14. IQ testing in preschoolers????? Go away. Get a real job. But then, this is what we’ve come to expect of these ivy league Bozos.

  15. This is probably good news for the Democrats. They rely on low IQ voters who can memorize slogans and maybe a smattering of ideology but are incapable of dealing with facts, logic, reasoning, reality.

  16. What a stupid study! Most people are stupid that have been indocrinated in the last two generations.
    No critical thinking, no logic only emotions. Mental illness.

  17. FYY: Other studies confirm lower IQ for Covid-19 Long Haulers..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUFqQViJkvY
    COVID: Researchers Seeing A Drop In IQ Among Infected Patients.DR JOANNA HELLMUTH, Cognitive Researcher is worried that this is quite a disturbing trend. The Whole World may suffer an evolutionary drop in IQ over the coming years. One big step for a Covid-19, One giant leap backwards, for mankind.

  18. I don’t believe this for a second. A drop of 21% corresponds to about the same drop in IQ points, given that the average IQ in North America hovers around 100. 100 is an average, somewhat functioning person. 79 on an IQ score is someone that needs assistance for just about everything and is incapable of learning any type of semi-skilled task.

  19. These were kids born during the pandemic, so they’re pre school.

  20. Did they only measure children born in democrat household? Sounds like it.

  21. Dano S. That is an unfair and untrue statement. IQ doesn’t dictate all. I personally also believe unlike some other statements here, IQ is not fixed. It can be increased and it can be decreased. I personally happen to know someone who tested with a 79 IQ at 12 but was NEVER told that bit of information. The struggles I saw them go through were primarily due to a lack in the education system helping those who don’t fit into their cookie cutter system and it took awhile for the parents to see that. Though the struggles are not there (are they ever), at 25, they have gone through college for welding and did very well (a skill many don’t do well with), drive huge, HUGE stories tall trucks and various construction equipment and is a girl by the way so even harder to succeed in those fields and is the primary bread winner of her household with husband disabled from work injury.

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