So many of you may have seen the headlines heralding the “new research” documenting the “need” to still wear masks in schools with headlines like (all caps mine for emphasis) “Schools Are Dropping Mask Requirements, BUT CDC STUDY SUGGESTS THEY SHOULDN’T”. Other similar headlines pushed the same PANIC PORN:
“Study says Covid-19 spread 37% LESS in Georgia K-5 mask mandate schools”
“CDC: Schools Requiring Masks Had LOWER INFECTION RATES”
And so on and so forth…
Aside from noting the ridiculously convoluted and weak “science” used to process this “data”, I have a couple quick questions. One report published May 21, 2021 starts out as follows: “NEW RESEARCH RELEASED FRIDAY by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforces an old message: COVID-19 spreads less in schools where teachers and staff wear masks.” Now this research was conducted waaayyy back in November and December of 2020. Why exactly is it just being released as “new research” now? Also, what does “research” conducted waaayyy back in November and December of 2020 have to do with what’s going on today? Look at the graph below. Notice the “cases” on the sharp incline in Georgia (just as they were everywhere) in November and December and how that compares to what’s going on now. Two completely different environments – one having nothing at all to do with the other as it applies to masks in schools or anything else for that matter.
Now let’s briefly look at what this “new research” actually is.
Data was collected from Georgia schools, kindergarten through grade five, from November 16 through December 11 of 2020. Only 169 schools responded of 1,461 solicited and these were self-reported data which doesn’t carry much weight in, you know, real science. But of the data collected, what do you think was the reported (median) number of cases reported waaayyy back in November and December when cases were climbing rapidly? What huge number would justify the headlines warning us that “we shouldn’t” drop mask requirements, even today? Go ahead, guess. I’ll give you some hints: There were 169 schools with a population of 92,000 students (not counting staff). There were a total of 566 reported cases for a median number of cases per school of 2. That’s right, in the middle of the rapid increase in cases last fall, this “new research” found 2 cases per school. 2. That is reported as a COVID incidence of “3.08 cases among students and staff members per 500 enrolled students.” The authors go on to tell us “Community incidence in counties with participating schools during the same period was approximately 5.28 per 500 population.” So 3 cases per 500 people in schools but 5 cases per 500 in the general population. Why isn’t the headline something like” Being in school reduces risk of infection by about 40%.”? Asking for a friend...
Two other quick points. This study is about the ADULTS wearing masks. There was NO STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE between the schools that required KIDS to wear masks and those that didn’t. This is about the jillionth study to show kids don't spread the coronavirus yet look what is still going on in many of our schools. And the authors admit “Finally, the data from this cross-sectional study CANNOT BE USED TO INFER CAUSAL RELATIONSHIPS.” That means that even the tiny differences they observed cannot be attributed to the mask policies with any confidence. Amazingly though, the very next sentence is “This study HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF MASKING and ventilation for preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in elementary schools and REVEALED IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITIES for increasing their use among schools.” Do you get it yet? Do you see the abject stupidity and blatant dishonesty?
If you haven’t figured out by now that almost everything you think you “know” about COVID-19 is fueled by misinformation, propaganda, hysteria, and outright lying, then you are lost. This “new research” is a perfect example. There is absolutely no legitimate science from anywhere on the planet to support our children wearing masks in school. If the adults want to wear them (based on garbage PANIC PORN like this study), even if they’re fully vaccinated, have at it, but leave our kids out of it already. The only question is, how much longer will we permit our children to be physically and psychologically abused by bureaucrats who couldn't give a damn less about our kids. And remember this come September. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.