San Francisco should be like Europe when it comes to COVID, kids, masks and schools
This week, San Francisco is expected to once again ease certain indoor mask mandates for portions of the adult population. Considering they are in peak development years, children need these things even more than adults. Even with this established...
My kid goes to middle school in Switzerland. We do it like that: In general, masks are not required. Every Monday the whole class is doing a Covid test (group test). If one group is positive, all children from that group must do an individual PCR test. Until those results are back, everybody wears a mask. Once the positive student is identified and isolated at home, masks are not required anymore. So far his class had two cases right after the summer holidays.
We aren’t Europe. Even our children are obese which is the #1 risk factor behind age for covid death and hospitalization.
Finally some reasonable push back on masking in schools. There is an abundance of evidence and data supporting this. Masking little kids is not going to age well.
thanks for running this important op-ed, which I signed. thanks also to @laurajfagan for writing such a brave and lucid letter.
First lets try to be like Europe when it comes to healthcare, transit, education and lack of mentally ill people suffering on the streets. Baby steps.
Oh please. Most parents don't look at their children as statistical rounding errors. Nor do they want to play COVID Russian Roulette in schools. If masks prevent even one child unnecessarily hospitalized with COVID, who wouldn't do that?
The only people crying about children using mask are adults.
I recommend reading this thoughtful op ed, which points out that the United States (San Francisco) is far stricter about the masking of children than European countries. In my personal view, if adults can go to a bar without a mask, kids should be able to learn without one. Wearing a mask for 8 hours a day is quite onerous and most of the people making the mandates don't have to do it.
My son is speech delayed and started school 6 month after Covid started, can’t help but think the masks has had a part in that,so I can’t wait untill we get rid of masks. Sadly I don’t see masks going away anytime soon
I'm glad someone wrote this piece. What America (not just SF) is doing to its children is repulsive, honestly. I live near a school and it's sad to watch some of these children breathing heavily during recess outside (!) because of the mask. It's especially sad when you see an official tweet from the Dutch Ministry of Education showing kids and teachers smiling, maskless, on the first day of school. Are the Dutch Trump supporters who want to kill their children? I don't think so.
But it's a symptom of a broader problem. Many people in the US really found their calling during the pandemic, or rather - they like showing how "good" they are following (and enforcing on others) the strictest safetyism possible. By now, I'm quite sure that if in March 2020, Trump imposed a lockdown and mask mandate, California and SF would be screaming of how draconian it is, and that we should follow the Swedish model instead of killing the economy and disrupting the lives of everyone just so that we can save some white boomers.
WTF? Fully a quarter of these idiots don’t even live in the City?
These 41 parents are in the minority. I have been a parent in SFUSD for 15 years (I wonder how many of these 41 parents have kids currently in SFUSD?) and none of the parents I know are OK with willfully exposing anyone's kids to this virus. https://t.co/zudorUy0Km
"Pediatric hospitalizations for Covid-19 have soared over the summer as the highly contagious Delta variant spread across the country, according to two new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." https://t.co/BT5hcjwNTd
most of the kids in public schools in San Francisco are lower income. Read: most, not all the people who could afford it, pulled their kids out of public schools