The CDC’s (and New York’s) COVID madness continues

At first, the CDC’s new mask guidelines seemed like a major, albeit belated, acknowledgment that mask mandates don’t make sense, especially in schools. Guess again: the agency is always clinging to its craziest form of COVID alarmism.

Despite the recommendation that more than 70% of people in the United States can go without a mask indoors according to the new “community levels” metric, and that schools be treated like other indoor spaces, the CDC always has not, according to its website, updated its guidelines for early childhood education (or ECE) programs.

There, “universal indoor masking” for “persons aged 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status” is still recommended — and New York still follows that absurd advice.

Total madness: Of approximately 20 million American children aged 1-4, only 99 have died from COVID since the pandemic began. This represents approximately 934,000 deaths.

This is the group less at risk, by far, of poor COVID outcomes. It is also the group more at risk of the nasty side effects of constant mask-wearing on learning – especially in people with special needs.

The CDC admits this, recommending that ECE programs “consider requiring staff to wear a transparent mask or a cloth mask with a transparent panel when interacting with young children” or “children learning to read” to “facilitate learning and social and emotional development”.

Yet he left this cruel rule in place, freeing everyone but the group with almost nothing to fear from COVID.

And this federal madness carries over to the state level. Governor Kathy Hochul lifted the state’s school mask mandate on Wednesday — except she does not have.

His office confirmed to the Post that individual New York schools can still require masking. Which means the term is only over for schools where COVID alarmists are not in charge.

The mayor’s office is still finalizing plans to end school masking, but tells us they’ll stick to CDC recommendations since under-5s can’t be vaxxed.

The CDC’s refusal to update this guideline further harms the most vulnerable young learners. The Hochul policy effectively gives those most anxious about COVID a veto that could harm thousands more.

Years of restrictionist madness have already done damage that will long outlast the current pandemic, and it continues. Let this be a warning the next time overzealous public health officials try to regulate their way out of the crisis.

New York Post

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