In case a yr of bare-bones education, restricted or no time with buddies and drastically curtailed or canceled actions and sports activities didn’t make town’s kids undergo sufficient, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has some new concepts for how one can make the approaching summer horrible for them, too.
On Wednesday, the gov introduced new tips for kids attending any “child care, day camp or overnight camp program” this summer. Predictably, the rules are largely ineffective. And merciless.
For starters, the rules are tighter than these imposed final summer, at the height of the pandemic. Back then, regardless of huge alarm after the pandemic’s outbreak and sudden spikes in hospitalizations and deaths, New York kids weren’t required to put on masks at summer camps. This summer, with three vaccines rapidly making their way by the inhabitants and COVID instances and transmission charges dramatically decrease, the Department of Health has reversed course and tightened masks rules at camps, forcing kids to put on them for most actions.
It’s pointless. Kids have been proven again and again to not be important spreaders of the virus. When they do contract it, they not often have severe signs. As for sensational headlines about youngsters despatched to the hospital with the bug, two latest research discovered that pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 had been overcounted by at least 40 %.
The insanity doesn’t cease there. This month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “The risk when you’re outdoors — which we have been saying all along — is extremely low.” He had not, after all, been saying that each one alongside. But most individuals know that now. So why are we persevering with to make and comply with insurance policies that go towards what we all know?
The steering additionally principally contradicts itself. It notes: “Responsible parties must ensure that children/campers age two and older and staff who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings except when eating, drinking, showering, swimming or sleeping/resting.”
Think about that: Kids at sleepaway camps shall be maskless after they share a bunkbed indoors however pressured to cowl up after they’re with the exact same kids outside, the place the danger is — again, in line with Fauci — “extremely low.” Three-year-olds will spend naptime maskless, asleep in a room with their buddies, solely to need to put the masks again on when outdoors.
It’s coverage so absurd solely anonymous bureaucrats may give you it.
“We are continuing to make incredible progress against COVID and lifting restrictions based on the science and numbers, but we are not yet at the finished line,” Cuomo huffed, as he rolled out the ridiculous camp tips.
Well, OK, let’s see him placed on a masks and hold it on for eight hours within the warmth outdoors all summer. Play dodgeball in it. Do relay races. Put it on after getting out of the pool.
Maybe even higher, make certainly one of his daughters do all that. OK, she’s been vaccinated so she doesn’t want a masks. But kids by no means actually wanted to take extraordinary precautions even with out being jabbed both — at least for most out of doors actions. Kids below 12 in Europe largely by no means wore masks, together with whereas they had been in colleges.
Yet right here, we masks kids as younger as 2, in and out. That doubtless did them a internet disservice, and now we’re aggravating the hurt with insurance policies that make no scientific sense.
Masking youngsters sends a ridiculous message: We reject science. We know that out of doors unfold is uncommon, that youngsters seldom contract, unfold or have dangerous reactions from COVID and that the positivity charge within the nation is extraordinarily low — however we don’t make selections primarily based on any of that data.
Parents who’ve spent the yr sitting on the sidelines whereas dangerous, silly insurance policies had been pressured upon them ought to lastly converse up for their youngsters. Take your “In this house we believe in science” indicators and show it.
Tell the governor and his Department of Health to make tips that make sense and depend on science as a substitute of bureaucratic whim. Tell them to do it now, and spare kids a summer of masks hell.