The Seattle Times sometimes includes articles from the Washington Post. You have to check the byline to tell, and usually I don’t, but two paragraphs in, it’s almost always obvious. Honestly, the Washington Post makes the Stranger and Fox seem unbiased by comparison.
Today, there’s a particularly obnoxious article about the long overdue end to mask mandates in parts of Virginia. First, let’s review. Research shows that cloth masks do not reduce risk of Covid. Surgical masks reduce risk by 10%.
And in Chesapeake, Va., on Tuesday, the first day her school district stopped requiring masks in accordance with Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s mask-optional executive order, ninth-grade English teacher Amanda Lambert awoke unsure if she would go to work. Lambert was thinking about what her doctor told her: that, because of her blood-clotting disorder, she was unlikely to live through “the next round” of coronavirus variants if she contracted the illness and had to go on a ventilator.
So, does Lambert propose that students wear masks indefinitely so she can continue teaching? Or is she hoping that Covid is going to magically disappear? Does she realize that the cloth talismans some students wear have absolutely zero impact on her safety? I’m sorry, it sucks, but if Covid is a possible death sentence for you, teaching is not a safe job. It is not safe with masks. It is not safe without masks. It is not safe with mandatory vaccines. It is not safe now, and it will not be safe at this time next year. If I were Lambert, I would change careers.
In Chesapeake, mother Kasha Herek switched her child to home schooling this week after the end of required masking led the 9-year-old to fear going to school. In Virginia Beach, another mother — who spoke on the condition of anonymity to maintain her family’s privacy — said she has kept her son home this week after the boy started crying and asked if he was going to die at school.
I actually know a young healthy person married to another young healthy person with two healthy children who opted to home school said healthy children this year (after having them home all last year) because of fear of Covid and specifically concern her district would not mandate masks. I think this is insane, and I really have nothing more to say about it.
And the parent who has warped her 9-year-old’s thinking so much that he thinks his classmates’ cloth masks are all that protect him from death? That’s basically child abuse. 484 9-year-old boys have died since Covid started. Seventeen of them died of Covid. More children over four die of suicide than of Covid. Parents should really consider that before they pull their kids out of school and/or tell them they’ll die if they don’t avoid their maskless friends.
In Virginia Beach, a mother is sending frantic emails to her school board, begging them to reverse their mask-optional policy to protect the life of her 14-year-old daughter who has a heart condition.
Again, it sucks, but if school is not safe without masks for the 14-year-old, it’s definitely not safe with masks either. Surgical masks make a small difference, if any. Cloth masks are for show and have always been for show. They are not magic Covid-germ repelling force fields.
There have been some decent articles in the news lately calling for the end of mask mandates. But Democrats now identify with masks like priests with Roman collars. In Seattle, it’s an identity symbol, a clear indicator to one and all that WE DO NOT SUPPORT TRUMP and we are not anti-CRT racists and we believe in “science” (but not math) and we will save the planet from global warming, etc., etc., etc. There’s an awful lot of people on Team Science these days, but I think I’ll stick with Team Math and Team Common Sense.
From the Atlantic:
We reviewed a variety of studies—some conducted by the CDC itself, some cited by the CDC as evidence of masking effectiveness in a school setting, and others touted by media to the same end—to try to find evidence that would justify the CDC’s no-end-in-sight mask guidance for the very-low-risk pediatric population, particularly post-vaccination. We came up empty-handed.
To date, however, only two randomized trials have measured the impact of masks on COVID transmission. The first was conducted in Denmark in the spring of 2020 and found no significant effect of masks on reducing COVID-19 transmission. The second is a much-covered study conducted in Bangladesh that reported that surgical masks (but not cloth) were modestly effective at reducing rates of symptomatic infection. However, neither of these studies included children, let alone vaccinated children.
Do I really have to MOVE to get away from my children being masked from morning till night? Isla is masks 9 hours a day, every day, with only a 20 minute break for lunch, during which time all students must face front, 6 feet apart, and are not allowed to talk. Bri is masked at least 7 hours a day, 8 hours on Thursdays when she has basketball. It is making me fucking crazy. And it really seems like it is never going to end. I am interviewing for jobs. If I were to send Saoirse to daycare while I’m at work, she’s be required to wear a mask 8 or more hours a day.
I was looking into outdoor preschool pictures in Virginia, and the pictures of the little kids from 2021 outdoors having a normal school day made me want to cry. My kids’ old outdoor preschool, which was an absolute gem, has shut down completely since March 2020. There is another outdoor preschool in the area, but they require masks and a host of other Covid precautions, despite the fact it’s for 3 and 4 year olds and is exclusively outdoors. It’s just so, so sad. I honestly feel there are a lot of parallels here with Iran, when women were asked to wear the hijab as a very small sacrifice in service of the revolution and overthrow of evil Americans. Forty years later, and they’re still making that tiny sacrifice. I view leaders like Youngkin as heroes for standing up to the mask mafia. It’s not easy when people accuse you of being a murderer for merely imposing the same rules as most European countries. Yet, here, you’re regarded as some kind of extremist if you don’t mask your 2-year-old