Tuesday, May 18, 2021

CDC: Kids Should Stay Masked in Schools Despite New Rules for Vaccinated Adults; Insisting on Masks Despite the Science is Just Partisan Posturing Gone Mad, and Other C-Virus Updates

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Kids should stay masked in schools despite new rules for vaccinated adults:
Sorry, kids, no bare faces for you.
Schools should continue to require face masks “at all times, by all people in school facilities” for the rest of the academic year, according to updated CDC guidance issued Saturday.
But coming after the agency proclaimed this week that adults vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely ditch their face coverings, the unchanged rule threatened to add even more confusion as the nation grappling with a hodgepodge of mask messages.
Strict rules requiring mask use and physical distancing should remain in schools nationwide “regardless of the level of community transmission” of coronavirus, the CDC insisted.
That’s because “students will not be fully vaccinated by the end of the 2020-2021 school year,” the document explained. In addition, it said, school systems will need time to make “systems and policy adjustments” relating to their mask rules. --->READ MORE HERE
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Insisting on masks despite the science is just partisan posturing gone mad:
We slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo the other day for his refusal to simply accept the CDC guidelines and greatly loosen New York’s mask mandates, but the sad fact is that he’s hardly alone.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is only talking about lifting his mandate by June 15, when he means the state to reopen. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is keeping his mandate “as we continue to work toward our vaccination goals,” which makes no sense at all: Masks are pointless for those who’ve been jabbed, and the potential freedom to go unmasked is actually a great incentive to get vaccinated.
And Speaker Nancy Pelosi is retaining her must-mask rule for the House floor, although not for members’ offices, on the grounds that some representatives may not be vaccinated (though they’ve all had the opportunity for months). Is it just about what the cameras show?
These reek of a bizarre partisan overreaction: Conservatives made a big show of resenting masking as some sort of government excess; in response, liberals seem to have taken mask-wearing as (in the words of Reason’s Robby Soave) “the MAGA hat for Team Blue.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Pelosi says masks still required in House chamber despite CDC guidance

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