The Democratic Party is in full retreat on school masking. It’s a strategic retreat — those who touted the ‘infallible’ science would never admit how fallible they really were — but for all intents and purposes it’s ‘over.’
New Jersey is done. Connecticut is done. Delaware is done. Oregon is done. The blue state dominoes are falling — leaving the usual suspects of pointless cruelty in California and New York to carry the torch.
The New York Times on Monday attempted to gather up the scraps of the futile but disastrous school masking policy with the mealy mouthed excuse-making America has come to expect from its faux intelligentsia.
The benefits of universal masking in schools remain unclear. Studies — in Florida and in England, for example — tend to find little effect on caseloads. One study that did find an effect has been largely debunked.
Some experts still favor masks in schools, saying they likely have an effect, even if few studies have yet shown it. A lot of other evidence suggests masking matters. Until the Omicron wave ends and both hospitalizations and deaths fall much further, masks should stay on, these experts say.
Other experts believe mandated school masking is almost worthless. “It doesn’t work,” Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota epidemiologist, told me. Among the reasons: Medical masks are designed for adults, not children, Osterholm notes. Even masks designed for children slip off their faces. Children take off their masks to eat. Add in Omicron’s intense contagiousness, and the benefits of mandates may be tiny.
It’s also relevant that teachers and students who want to continue wearing masks can do so. One-way masking, with medical masks, provides protection, experts note.
This is the typical, unscientific, appeal-to-authority tripe that readers can come to expect from the New York Times. Mask mandates do not work. Here is a chart of mask mandate vs. mask optional states:
Note: Mask mandate schools had higher case rates than mask optional schools. This tracks with mask mandate states:
The data don’t lie. The CDC does, however. It recently promoted a worthless “mask study” that purported to show the benefits of strapping a piece of cloth on your face all day to protect against microscopic viruses.
The CDC is back to lying about masks.
Let me help. This mask study has been thoroughly debunked. Low sample sizes (n=86). Self-reporting. "No statistical significance."
This is fraud.🔻 pic.twitter.com/mR8neaSTWL
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) February 8, 2022
Ian Miller rightly pointed out on his Substack column “Unmasked” that this is deliberate misinformation from the CDC. You can see clearly on the image itself “not statistically significant.” The study is just as worthless as the masks themselves.
This is what accurate data look like via the Office for National Statistics (UK)
Children who "never" wore masks were less likely to test positive for Covid than those who "always" wore them.
Covid doomers Scott Gottlieb & Leanna Wen were right. They're worthless against Covid. pic.twitter.com/bcztabGSAI
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) February 8, 2022
Furthermore, the Office for National Statistics in England have shown that children who “never” or “sometimes” wore masks in schools had a lower chance of testing positive for Covid than those who “always” wore them.
It does not help the numerous Democratic politicians have been caught wantonly flaunting their own states’ mask mandates — even in the presence of masked children.
Yet another picture of an unmasked Democrat surrounded by masked children. This is at a Decatur, Georgia elementary school, where they have a district-wide mask mandate. #gapol #UnmaskOurKids https://t.co/36NRJkNmhV pic.twitter.com/GU7DgL2nIA
— Kelley K * covid-georgia.com (@KelleyKga) February 5, 2022
“He didn’t inhale” 😂
— Millie Weaver 🇺🇸 (@Millie__Weaver) February 5, 2022
This is a photo of a maskless Obama today in Hawaii inspecting the construction of his oceanfront mansion while all the blue-collar, working-class construction laborers are FORCED to wear masks in his presence.
PLEASE DO NOT share this photo.
Obama would not like it AT ALL. pic.twitter.com/rpGMSqkAaa
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 7, 2022
The scale of medical fraud and cruelty boggles the mind. Governors in blue states and red states have knowingly robbed part of our kids’ childhoods to spread Covid panic to achieve a blatantly political agenda.
It is criminal what these politicians have done. There needs to be a full investigation and political payback.
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