“Masks are necessary to keeping students safe and schools open,” Virginia Democratic Party Chair Susan Swecker stated a little over three weeks ago, “but Glenn Youngkin would rather use our children as political cover to please the extremist, far-right edges of his party.”
“Effective March 7, the statewide mask rule in schools will be abolished,” says New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Oregon will eliminate the need for wearing a mask in public places by March 31.
In Connecticut, the mask mandate for schools will be abolished on February 28. Governor Carney of Delaware has temporarily extended the mask requirement in public and private K-12 schools and childcare establishments. This mandate, which applies to children aged kindergarten and up, will be phased out on March 31.
Moreover, the Virginia Democratic Party has made no public protests to Colorado and Vermont’s Governors’ decision not to mandate pupils to wear face masks in school. When a Democratic governor does it, allowing parents to decide what’s best for their children stops recklessness and danger. Local school boards decide on requirements.
Furthermore, a COVID-19 infection is less likely to have severe consequences in children than adults. It wouldn’t make sense to make them wear masks all day. Children are now eligible for immunizations, teens are suitable for boosters, and Omicron has infected about 41 million Americans.
The greatest publicly accessible and timely data on child COVID-19 cases in the United States comes from state-level reporting. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association work together to gather and exchange all publicly accessible state data. There have been roughly 7 million extra kid cases since the first week of September. More age-specific data are urgently needed to assess the severity of sickness caused by novel variations, as well as possible long-term implications.