Kinterbish Junior High School in Cuba, Alabama, has requested that all students, staff and visitors wear face masks in classrooms and hallways because of "the slow rise of Covid cases in the area." Kinterbish Junior High School has around 120 students aged between five and 14.
Alabama's Talladega City School district, which serves more than 1,700 students aged four to 18, is also encouraging children and staff to wear masks. The district is quick to emphasize that masks are only "encouraged but not required."
On the other hand, a Maryland elementary school recently sparked outrage after requiring students to wear tightly-fitting N95 masks for 10 days. The move is considered particularly excessive because only a handful of students have tested positive for COVID-19.
In New York, health officials are supplying schools with free masks in response to increasing COVID-19 rates and absences. They have also promised to send COVID-19 tests to school districts that need them.
The return of mask mandates was prompted by reports of COVID-19 case rates steadily increasing in the United States. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the test positivity rate, or the share of swabs that come back positive, has gone up from 6.7 percent in the week ending July 15 to 13.5 percent by Aug. 19.
Schools in Los Angeles, which previously had some of the strictest pandemic measures in America that included mask mandates, 10-day illness quarantines and weekly COVID-19 testing, have also gone for an optional masking policy.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has more than 429,000 kindergarteners through 12th grade, has chosen a more relaxed approach to the coronavirus and illness in general.
Alberto Carvalho, the Los Angeles schools superintendent, encouraged students to come to school even if they are sick to counteract high rates of absence.
According to Carvalho, based on "high levels of vaccination, therapeutics available and children’s higher resiliency than most," the district is back at a point where if young students are only "mildly sick," meaning no fever and just the sniffles, it is fine if their parents want to send them to school.
He added that children should be fine if they take medication, wear masks and are monitored.
In August, a Kentucky school district canceled classes less than two weeks after reopening after some students were affected by a "tripledemic" of the flu, COVID-19 and strep throat outbreaks. At the time, a fifth of students had signed off sick.
More citizens are also growing increasingly worried that harmful and intrusive COVID-19 policies could once again hamper American life.
To date, there is no evidence that face masks reduce infection rates. If anything, studies have found that mask mandates stunted children's social development and education. (Related: POLITICAL COURAGE: Ron DeSantis wants Florida Legislature to permanently ban COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates.)
Many people have also blamed masks for the increase in cases of flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Strep A bacterial infection among minors in 2022. This is because wearing face coverings and avoiding exposure to healthy germs prevented children from developing the natural immunity they would have gained otherwise.
In Maryland, Rosemary Hills Elementary School principal Rebecca Irwin Kennedy formally announced her school's mask mandate in a letter sent to parents this September. In the letter, she explained that she saw fit to enforce the mandate after "three or more individuals" caught the virus in the last ten days.
Kennedy instructed all students to wear thick N95 masks to keep the school environment "as safe as possible" even though a recent study revealed that N95 masks could expose wearers to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci has admitted that there is no evidence wearing face masks stops the spread of COVID-19, but Kennedy still told parents that the N95s will only become optional after 10 days.
The letter caused backlash from parents and guardians who consider the decision a slippery slope back to draconian COVID-19 lockdowns.
Even though COVID-19 cases are increasing in the U.S., public health officials reported that most patients are only experiencing mild symptoms comparable to a cold or flu. Experts also noted that while children are as likely as adults to get coronavirus, their risk of becoming severely ill from the virus is much lower.
The CDC considers the hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients to be low, and the weekly death rate is near a historic low. Most of the patients that have been hospitalized or are dying from COVID-19 are over 65.
Despite what Big Pharma and the government would have you think, health experts clarified that the recent surge of coronavirus cases is not something to worry about even after the U.S. recorded its first uptick in hospitalizations due to the virus this 2023.
Data from the CDC revealed that at least 8,000 patients were admitted to hospitals nationwide in the last week of August, up by 12 percent from the previous seven-day spell. Experts think that the spike is due to the natural waning of immunity, which happens at least six months after the previous wave of infections.
Despite the rise, rates remain at historic lows. For comparison, there were 150,000 COVID-19 admissions per week at the height of the pandemic in January 2021.
According to experts, COVID-19 is likely to be a lasting fixture of daily life, much like the common cold. Dr. Brett Osborn, a board-certified neurosurgeon in West Palm Beach, Florida, explained that Americans must understand that SARS-CoV-2 and its variants are never going away.
COVID-19 "is here to stay because its mutation rate is high, just like influenza," explained Osborn.
EG.5 and another COVID-19 variant, FL.1.5.1, which accounts for about 15 percent of current cases in the U.S., both carry a genetic mutation that may help them bypass the immune system and bind more tightly to cells.
Andrew Read, an evolutionary microbiologist at Pennsylvania State University, explained that there is nothing unexpected or alarming about the new COVID-19 mutations.
When a virus gains a new ability that gives it an advantage as it spreads, it will naturally spread to different places. The uptick in cases is consistent with how virus evolution will develop when "a new virus has jumped into a novel host population."
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