On Wednesday I sent the following to FPS District Administrator Judy Mueller and all members of the Franklin School Board:
The public health revolving door is so predictable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended that fully vaccinated Americans in some parts of the country should return to wearing masks indoors.
The CDC also said masks should be required of everyone inside K-12 schools.
The mass hysteria media has taken its cue. Here come the headlines spreading anxiety and fear. However, one enterprising reporter asked an obvious question: “If vaccines work — then why do people who have the vaccine now need to wear masks?” Yes, why?
From a medical perspective a roundtable discussion on masks held in Tallahassee on Tuesday was star-studded. The panelists offered different views than those you often hear or read about in the news media. Here are some excerpts:
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford University and research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research (NEBRH) contended there’s a lack of significant disease spread among children as well as evidence from Sweden, which went an entire school year without masks:
“I don’t think the Delta variant changes the calculus or the evidence in any fundamental way. So if you look at the data from before the Delta variant, look at Sweden, for instance, that kept their schools open unmasked, no social distancing all year, the teachers themselves – and this is before the vaccine – were at lower risk of COVID deaths than the population at large, other workers in the population. And the kids themselves had zero deaths, I think … The Delta variant is coming in a context where every teacher has had the opportunity to be vaccinated if they so choose. So they’re protected against severe disease. The evidence continues to show that [kids] are not spreaders of the disease in an efficient way. And so, the mask themselves have a marginal, if any benefit marginal benefit in slowing the spread of the disease. And of course, masks do actually cause some harm to children developmentally. So I don’t think that the calculus has changed at all. It’s still the same. I think net, it’s not a good idea to mask children.”
Dr. Cody Meissner, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease and professor of pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine is frustrated at the way cases are still being counted:
“There will be a small percent who are vaccinated appropriately, and who may turn out to be COVID positive with some symptoms such as a runny nose or a cough or sore throat. But remember, that’s not the intention of why we vaccinate people. We vaccinate people to keep them alive, to keep them out of the hospital. An additional concern is that the way the CDC is defining a case, they are saying anyone who has a positive PCR assay is a case, and we don’t do that for any other infectious disease, such as chicken pox or measles. If we were to look at a child who had chickenpox, we would see the characteristic rash of chickenpox, and everyone would agree that that child has chickenpox. Here, 80% of people who are PCR positive have absolutely no symptoms. So that’s really not a definition of a case. It’s really a distortion of the way we’ve always thought about a specific case of infectious disease.”
And Dr. Mark McDonald, a clinical psychiatrist with specific expertise working with children with autism, trauma, obsessive-compulsive and bipolar disorders called masking children “child abuse.”:
“Substantial evidence shows that children have been medically physically and psychologically harmed by mandatory mask mandates. I said this, and I maintain this position from last April of 2020. And I continue my position today. Unchanged. In fact, I even reinforced this position. I’ve seen hundreds of children in the last year come to my practice who are coughing, spitting, sick in the throat, streptococcal infections, conjunctivitis, impetigo, allergic reactions, panic attacks, all from masks.”
I urge you to maintain the mask optional directive issued this summer as children return to school this fall.