The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released information about whether children should wear masks to school. Even though they called for schools to fully reopen, they say that ALL children above two should wear masks in school. Any children who are vaccinated will also have to wear a mask.
The recommendations were published today;
“AAP recommends universal masking because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated.”
“Many schools will not have a system to monitor vaccine status of students, teachers, and staff, and some communities overall have low vaccination uptake where the virus may be circulating more prominently.”
This recommendation won’t sit well with so many parents who have protested against wearing masks in school. Children under age 18 make up 14 percent of all cases of covid and just 0.1 percent of all covid-related deaths in the U.S., so why in the world are kids masked? The chance of a child getting seriously ill or dying from covid is minuscule.
Tucker Carlson recently blasted the policy of making kids wear a mask by calling it child abuse. Do you agree?
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also recently questioned whether kids should wear masks. His comments on YouTube were removed.
There is an effort by the media and the government to stifle debate on whether kids should wear masks. A Dr.who attended the panel with Governor DeSantis wrote about the censorship by YouTube of the anti-mask doctors:
I attended a public-policy roundtable hosted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last month. The point was to discuss the state’s Covid policies in the months ahead. That 600,000 Americans have died with Covid-19 is evidence that the lockdowns over the past year, including significant restrictions on the lives of children, haven’t worked. Florida reopened in May and declined to shut down again. Yet age-adjusted mortality is lower in Florida than in locked-down California, and Florida’s public schools are almost all open, while California’s aren’t.
My fellow panelists—Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, Martin Kulldorff of Harvard and Scott Atlas of Stanford—and I discussed a variety of topics. One was the wisdom of requiring children to wear masks. The press asked questions, and a video of the event was posted on YouTube by local media, including Tampa’s WTSP.
But last week YouTube removed a recording of this routine policy discussion from its website. The company claimed my fellow panel members and I were trafficking in misinformation. The company said it removed the video “because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Yet the panelists are all experts, and all spoke against requiring children to wear masks. I can’t speak for my counterparts, but my reasoning was a cost-benefit analysis. The benefits of masking children are small to none; the costs are much higher.
Read more: WSJ