NYC ends mandatory masks for K-12 education but not for students under 5

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Big Apple city dwellers can officially enjoy unrestricted breathing again after New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) officially dropped the divisive vaccine passport system for restaurants and other businesses as well as the K-12 mask requirements on Friday.

“We want to see the faces of our children,” Adams said, according to Politico.

Well, some of the kids’ faces anyway.

Preschool-age toddlers will still be required to continue to smother their smiles because they cannot get a vaccine and “face an elevated risk of hospitalization,” according to a report by NY1.

Incidentally, there have been several reports of wildly exaggerated hospitalization numbers for children with Covid-19 throughout the pandemic. Recently The New York Times had to correct itself after reporting that “nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized” since the start of the two-year-long pandemic. The “corrected” number was around just 7% of that figure – closer to 63,000 hospitalizations.

Hospitalization numbers in California were similarly beefed up in multiple medical journals when in reality 45 percent of the “grossly inflated” cases were found to be “unlikely” to have been hospitalized for the virus itself and 46 percent of cases were asymptomatic – meaning they popped positive on a Covid test but had zero detectable symptoms.

New York City public schools promoted the revised Covid policies on social media, still including “increased ventilation, a daily health screening and test kit distribution,” but noted that the mask mandate was alive and well, forcing younger kids and all staff in the classrooms to “continue to wear a face covering indoors.”

While the virtually non-existent 0.18% positivity rate in schools – at least in part – prompted Adams to lift the mandate for grade schools, he explained that the science wasn’t there to drop the mandate for the preschool-age children.

“I’d rather have people complaining against me than us losing our babies in our city,” Adams said.

The United Federation of Teachers union fawned over the new phase of pandemic restrictions that will continue to rely on significant testing both at home and at school.

“This is the responsible, thoughtful way to make our next transition. We will, however, keep our testing program in place — both in-school and the take-home tests — to make sure we remain on the right path,” union President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement.

“We are far from out of the woods,” Adams explained. “Covid is still here, but we are beating it back.”

But not everyone was as enthusiastic as Adams and Mulgrew for the revised rules that required youngsters to continue to restrict their breathing.

“So, the people least at risk from Covid have to keep doing something that doesn’t protect them from catching Covid until they can take a shot that doesn’t stop them getting Covid which the drugmaker isn’t too sure should even be given to young kids in the first place,” noted Florida attorney Jeff Childers on Saturday.

“It makes me wonder if something in the jabs causes brain damage,” he questioned.


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