The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance for the upcoming school year on Monday, now recommending that anyone above the age of 2 wear masks inside schools to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, “regardless of vaccination status.”
The decision comes from fear of the much less deadly COVID-19 Delta variant, which has recently been spreading in the United States.
“We need to prioritize getting children back into schools alongside their friends and their teachers — and we all play a role in making sure it happens safely,” Sonja O’Leary, the chair of the AAP Council on School Health, said in a statement.
In the same statement, O’Leary correctly pointed out that “the pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on children, and it’s not just their education that has suffered but their mental, emotional and physical health…”
Various studies (and not to mention just plain common sense) have demonstrated various examples of forced masking hurting the physical and mental health of children. Studies have also shown that children are less likely to catch and spread COVID-19, and a group of Florida parents even cultured their children’s masks and found dangerous bacteria. Read more…