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California mask mandate: Is it ending too soon for little children?

Original post made on Mar 10, 2022

California will soon lift the mask mandate for children in schools and child care facilities, but experts say the move is premature.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2022 at 10:36 am

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Children are very much herd animals in nature. What one does, another will follow. I feel sure that getting them to wear masks in the first place was quite a battle. Taking them off now will for many feel like their security blanket has been taken away.

It all comes down to what happens at home. If the family goes everywhere wearing masks, then the children will probably feel that wearing a mask is part of life and nothing to do with safety protocols. For those who have been waiting until they are at the school gates before putting them on, and have been playing with friends, visiting grandparents, etc. without masks then they will probably be very keen to remove them at school also.

Scaring children by telling them it is a health issue that keeps them safe is not going to help when they see friends, teachers, etc. not wearing a mask and also when their parents take them to grocery stores and other places without wearing a mask.

As I said, young children are basically herd animals and will follow what they see. Their comfort level will not be one size fits all. They have been living with a mask for so long, it has become their habitual way to live their life and probably for many not because they understand the health implications. Removing them will be like taking away their blankie or a pacifier, another form of potty training, and very different for each individual child.

Posted by PA Community Advocate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2022 at 4:06 pm

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To date there is zero experimental evidence that clearly shows that masking this age group significantly reduces transmission, infection rate, or severity. Let’s be data driven, not placebo driven.

The focus needs to be on boosting the elderly and reducing obesity rates, not covering the faces of the lowest risk populations because they can’t speak up and defend themselves against pseudoscience and political science.

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