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CDC Didn’t Get The Memo: COVID Is Over

We've moved on to another crisis.

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Perhaps coincidentally, war in the Ukraine was very convenient for a whole slew of people. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Boris Johnson, and others got their problems off the front pages. Biden and Johnson are playing statesman, while John Durham will have to wait some more.

But maybe the lobby that lost most are mask fanatics like the CDC. As even liberal governors drop mask edicts before the midterms and the feds do likewise, the mandaters are scratching to stay in power. Now they are using kids as pawns, again. Dr. Carol Swain provides details.

Swain: Why aren’t more of us challenging the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) masking recommendations for children? Despite changes in indoor masking requirements that have liberated most adults, the CDC continues to cling to unscientific COVID-19 guidelines that harm our children by keeping them masked for no good reason. In many school districts, parents have been stripped of the authority to opt-out on behalf of their children because their school officials adhere to the CDC guidelines religiously. It is time for us to take a closer look at the CDC and its decision to keep our children in masks.

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Despite minuscule evidence of benefits and increasing evidence of harms—physical, mental and emotional—the CDC refuses to veer from its recommendation that children ages 2 and up should be masked indoors regardless of vaccination status. That’s also how we get the ridiculous airline guidance: “All passengers 2 years and older must wear a face mask for the duration of the flight, including during boarding and deplaning with no medical exceptions allowed.” Don’t blame the airlines (at least for the rules). Blame the CDC.

In addition to the heartbreaking anecdotal evidence revealing that our kids are not OK, we have government reports and medical surveys documenting our children’s flagging mental and emotional conditions. And now there’s emerging evidence that masking practices stunted our children’s development. For example, with masked adults and peers, how can children learn to discern the nonverbal modes of communication that come from reading the faces of those they encounter? The children harmed the most are from families with limited resources. All this is occurring despite the fact that children are at low risk of being affected by or dying from COVID-19; some evidence even suggests that children present a lower risk for spreading the disease, too.

The decision to cover our children’s faces in the name of public health was never based on “the science,” and especially not the consensus of the scientific community. An article in The Atlantic exposed the fact that the CDC’s approach remains at odds with World Health Organization (WHO) guidance for children under five. While the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and other European nations followed the WHO, our Washington bureaucrats rejected the consensus that children under 5 are “at low risk of illness,” that masks were not “in the overall interests of the child,” and that “many children are unable to wear masks properly.”

Despite the billions of dollars spent on coronavirus prevention, the CDC and other public health officials haven’t bothered much with the randomized trials that would allow them to measure the impact of masks on reducing COVID-19 transmission.

Unfortunately, we’ve allowed Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins and other bureaucrats to set the precedent. They have moved on to their next gambit. This year they began insisting that America needs to upgrade from cloth and surgical masks to N-95s, which China will be happy to supply. Will our masses rise up like Canada’s truck drivers after government messaging to get the COVID-19 vaccine turned into mandates? Or will it be too late for us? Have we been silent too long?

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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