Schools reinstate mask mandates as COVID cases rise, but do they really protect students?

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Fox News contributor Dr. Marty Makary criticized school districts for reinstating mask mandates in classrooms as COVID cases rise, openly defying numerous studies that show there is no benefit to universal masking.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Providence, Rhode Island are two of the cities that are reinstating mask mandates at school for children as young as five-years-old.

“Does wearing a mask in class protect five-year-olds?” the Johns Hopkins University professor was bluntly asked on “Fox News Live.”

“I’m really concerned that these school districts going back to universal masking are defiant of a lot of the new research that has come out. Now, last year, we had two randomized control trials that basically suggested there was no benefit to universal masking. But in the last few months, we’ve got the Spanish study, the Finnish study that very elegantly compared school districts, and in the United States on Thursday we got a big study from the University of California Davis that looked at so many counties, it was very obvious from the sample size and the power that there was clearly no benefit,” Makary noted.

“Now, what’s important is that they reexamined the data from a CDC study that was used to recommend masks in schools. They looked at more counties, a longer follow-up period, and found that the CDC study that concluded schools should mask was flawed and that is important because masks do have some harm. And let’s be honest, 75 percent of kids have had COVID as of February, since Omicron has been circulating, it’s likely 80 to 90 percent,” he added.

He continued as he addressed the CDC’s guidelines and handling of mandates, “There’s been several areas of dogma in science where public health officials should have simply told the public, ‘We don’t know.’ When people were asking us questions, public health officials should have said, ‘We don’t know if it’s a surface-transmitted virus when they told people to wash their hands like crazy or stay at home with universality.”

“And perhaps the biggest catastrophic mistake was calling for the closure of schools and telling people to mask universally at that young age. The data is now pretty clear and the CDC puts out their own dogma in their medical journal that they control called MMWR and many people have been critical because it uses science as political propaganda,” he asserted.

When asked if we should be forgiving because the CDC guidance changed so often and so much, Makary stated, “No, and here’s why… if they don’t know if it’s airborne or surface transmission, do the study. The NIH has 45 billion dollars. In 24 hours, that could have been answered. Instead, they let that open question linger with no clinical date from the government for months and people were given the wrong message and the false assurance that if they washed their hands like crazy, they would not transmit the virus to their vulnerable, older companions.”

He wrapped up by commenting on the CDC reportedly saying that 1 in 5 Americans could develop long-haul, long-COVID.

“The incidence has been described under five percent in many studies, but they make such a narrow definition and the study was flawed because they looked at any other reason you came to the hospital and they only looked at people who got tested in a hospital setting. Those are high-risk people,” he asserted.

“Many scientists now are highly critical and have told people to disregard this study. There’s another study that came out last week that got almost no attention on most of the networks and it showed that there were no biochemical indicators of long-COVID. It’s a small subgroup of people and the only predictor was pre-COVID anxiety as to who developed long-COVID,” Makary concluded.

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