Some states are lifting mask mandates for adults. Why not kids?

By Grace Clissold
While New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and other states announced plans to lift their school mask mandates this week, students in New York and California are still forced to mask up.

While New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and other states announced plans to lift their school mask mandates this week, students in New York and California are still forced to mask up. 

Students are forced to wear a mask all day inside the classroom while adults can now go maskless as the New York and California mask mandates are set to expire this week. 

Dr. Dyan Hes, the founder and medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City, said it doesn’t make sense that children are still forced to wear masks for several hours a day while adults can go maskless. ‘Kids are not the ones who are ending up in the hospital with COVID. It’s the adults.’

‘We know that even non-immunized children, for 99% of those kids, COVID is a mild illness,’ Dr. Hes said. ‘None of these decisions have been based in science.’

It’s becoming clearer that these decisions have been made only with politics in mind. The science has shown that mask mandates have not been effective for over a year now.

Brown University researchers analyzed COVID-19 case rates in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts for the 2020-2021 school year and ‘did not find any correlations with mask mandates.’

With the mid term elections coming up, the Democrats are worried about keeping their majorities in the house and the senate. Therefore, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and other states are all lifting their school mask mandates in order to keep parents happy in hopes that they will vote for them come November.

 

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