Masks in schools, COVID booster shot debate, FDA comes down on vaping
My three latest stories at ACSH:
An excerpt from the masking-in-school article:
Masking is a low-risk, inexpensive intervention. If we want to recommend it as a precautionary measure, especially in situations where vaccination isn't an option, great. But that's not what the public has been told. “Florida governor Ron DeSantis and politicians in Texas say research does not support mask mandates,” SciAm's sub-headline bellowed. “Many studies show they are wrong.”
If that's the case, demonstrate that the intervention works before you mandate its use in schools. If you can't, acknowledged what UC San Francisco hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor of Epidemiology Vinay Prasad wrote over at the Atlantic:
'No scientific consensus exists about the wisdom of mandatory-masking rules for schoolchildren … In mid-March 2020, few could argue against erring on the side of caution. But nearly 18 months later, we owe it to children and their parents to answer the question properly: Do the benefits of masking kids in school outweigh the downsides? The honest answer in 2021 remains that we don’t know for sure.'