Will COVID hysterics one day allow our children to live normal lives?

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The end of the pandemic is near. Americans continue to get vaccinated quickly. Life will go on. Except, it seems, for children. For over a year, they have suffered from irrational, unscientific and downright superstitious policies inflicted on them by adults – and there is no end in sight.

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that said three feet social distancing is sufficient in schools, instead of the usual six. Yet in many localities where teachers’ unions wield power, schools still have not fully reopened. In New York City, schools have reopened to (very) part-time in large part because of the debunked six-foot rule.

The boss of the United Teachers’ Federation, Michael Mulgrew, immediately balked at the advice, calling it “strange” and saying the union would consult its own experts. But the real question is: why do children even need to distance themselves socially?

Many places in Europe, including Britain, as well as some schools across America, have long since abandoned social distancing requirements for children. They opened their schools and kept them open. This is because research has repeatedly shown that children are at minimal risk for the disease and also transmit it at a much lower rate than adults.

We also need to remove it by hiding the children. Note that every video of a 2-year-old being escorted off a plane to not wear a mask takes place in America. On European flights, masks are mandatory for children 6 years and older. You cannot reason with a 2 year old. (Believe me, I tried.) And while masking 6-year-olds still seems pointless and should hopefully end soon, it’s healthier than sticking one on a child downstairs. age.

In November, Maria van Kerkhove, head of the Emerging Diseases Unit of the World Health Organization, clarified that “for children under 6, we do not recommend the use of masks”. This, she said, was “for many reasons – because of the way children develop” and because enforcing adherence is a crazy task. She added: “Between 6 [and] 11, we recommend taking a risk-based approach depending on where the children are located, the types of activities they engage in. “

A child and an adult sit on a bench in Central Park on April 10, 2021 in New York City.
A child and an adult sit on a bench in Central Park on April 10, 2021 in New York City.
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Yet last week YouTube removed a video of scientists from places like Stanford saying much the same to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Google-owned video service called it “medical disinformation.” This, even though last April, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcocki said her site would ban “anything that goes against the recommendations of the World Health Organization.” In this case, it was YouTube itself that was contradicting the WHO.

My kids – aged 4, 7 and 10 at the time – all played sports in Brooklyn last fall under a mask. Watching a 4-year-old chasing a soccer ball on a field while masked, or a masked 10-year-old while standing on the pitcher’s mound within 15 feet of the nearest person, has questioned my sanity.

Because it’s crazy. And unnecessary.

There is a specific reason why other developed countries treat children differently from adults, and it seems difficult for coronavirus hysterics to come to terms: Again, COVID-19 largely does not affect children.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Caused a stir when he said last August that “seasonal flu is in fact, in many cases, a more deadly virus if [kids] contract which ”- a claim that Politifact was forced to note“ almost true ”. This is actually quite true, and if this is any startling news, it’s because the CDC, virus guru Dr.Anthony Fauci, and the media in general have failed to tell the truth about risks of COVID to children and the risks of children passing it on to adults.

People sit at the Hudson Yards as the city continues its reopening efforts following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus on December 10, 2020 in New York City.
People sit at the Hudson Yards as the city continues its reopening efforts following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus on December 10, 2020 in New York City.
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We need to internalize this scientific truth – and let the kids move on.

With the adults vaccinated, it’s time to step back the kids. More than a year of their life has been needlessly on hiatus. Sufficient. No more masks, no more distancing, no more pretending that this virus is harmful to children when it clearly is not.

Open all schools, full time. Let the kids play sports and never make the mistakes we made last year again.

Children will feel the impact of these mistakes for years to come. We have ignored science and let hysteria take hold of us. Take off that mask, son.

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