Dr. Hugh McCarthy argues that there is no evidence that masks are effective in protecting children and teachers from COVID-19. He contests the use of masks and PCR tests and emphasizes the negative impact of school closures and other pandemic-related measures on children's mental health and development. McCarthy also discusses the neglectful teaching of democracy to young people and the lack of understanding of what it means to have a democratic society. He proposes an alternative approach of precision shielding or focus protection for those at high risk while leaving children and less vulnerable individuals less restricted. McCarthy expresses disappointment in the lack of support from his own profession and the lack of research on the effectiveness of lockdowns.