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Lowry: The left faces defeat in war over masks

Boston Herald

The people in contemporary America who most pride themselves on their alleged commitment to science and public health are also the most superstitious and immune to evidence. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the debate over masking kids at school, an ongoing, flagrant example of collective irrationality. The supporters of mask mandates are fired by a righteous certainty that if a child comes to school unmasked, his or her school and community are at risk of a devastating outbreak of the coronavirus, that parents who don't want to mask their kids are selfish and uncaring boobs who need to turn off Fox News, that public officials who block mask mandates, or carve out exemptions for objecting parents, have blood on their hands. The mask proponents either have no idea that the U.S. is an international outlier in its school mask mandates (neither the European health authority or the World Health Organization go as far as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and that there's next to no evidence for public-health benefits. Or simply they don't care because they are too attached to the theater of masked-up kids, in some jurisdictions even while they are outside for recess. Although there are still some holdouts who believe so-called remote learning was a necessary and costless mitigation strategy, it is now widely acknowledged to have had grievous educational costs with no public-health rationale.

Philadelphia to drop mask mandate days after reinstating it

FOX News

Former Department of Justice prosecutor Jim Trusty explains how the DOJ will consider the appeal of the mask mandate ruling on'Your World.' Philadelphia will end its COVID-19 indoor mask mandate less than a week after reinstating it, city health officials said Thursday night. The Board of Health voted Thursday to rescind the mandate, according to the city's health department. The department cited "decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts" of COVID-19 in a statement, the Associated Press reported. On Monday, April 11, the Health Department announced that Philadelphia would require face masks indoors beginning this past Monday, April 18. The city had previously ended its indoor mask mandate March 2. Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney speaks during a news conference at Pennsylvania Convention Center as vote counting continues three days after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 6, 2020.

California's new indoor mask mandate: What you need to know

Los Angeles Times

California on Wednesday announced a statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces. Beginning Wednesday, wearing masks in indoor public settings is required. "Even a 10% increase in indoor masking can reduce case transmission significantly," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the California health and human services secretary, in explaining the new rules. The coronavirus is airborne and can also spread silently from infected, asymptomatic people. It is set to expire on Jan. 15.

Mississippi is first state to lift mask mandate as COVID cases fall

FOX News

Gov. Reeves has required masks in several COVID hotspot counties, but has yet to make it mandatory statewide. Mississippi became the first state in the union to lift a mask mandate to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as cases fall. Mississippi's statewide mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 4. Gov. Tate Reeves Reeves, a Republican, has chosen to extend the mandate several times since then. However, on Wednesday, he said the declining number of confirmed virus cases and hospitalizations are positive developments that call for the lifting of some restrictions. The new executive order ending the statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. and expiring Nov. 11 -- after the presidential election -- also limits group gatherings where social distancing is not possible to 20 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

House Republicans press DC Mayor Bowser on why she's not lifting school mask mandate: 'Political motives'

FOX News

Fox News correspondent Jonathan Serrie reports the latest on the CDC's masking recommendations on'Special Report.' FIRST ON FOX: A group of Republican House members are pressing Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on why the district is leaving its mask mandate for schoolchildren in place even as it's set to remove the requirement for adults in many settings this week. "The decision to mandate masks in our children's schools is not one that should be made lightly," the letter reads. "The effects these masks place on children expands beyond the realm of a public health measure." Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., is leading the letter.