This past Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made an important announcement that children aged two to four will continue to be forced to be masked in preschools and daycares.
As previously reported by RedState Senior Editor Brandon Morse, on March 19th, over 100 parents gathered at City Hall Park demanding the Big Apple “unmask [their] children.”
At the time, protester and mother of 3 Daniela Jampel invoked the science.
“[The mandate] is not following the science. This is making a mockery of the science. This is playing us for fools.”
“New York state recognizes the science,” she explained. “Everywhere else in New York state — 10 miles away in Nassau County, 10 miles away in Westchester County — toddlers are allowed to take off their masks along with their older brothers and sisters.”
Evidently Mayor Eric doesn't want to be like the cool counties.
So, his plan is to take children and cover their noses and mouths.
This, however, was temporarily obstructed. The process was stopped by a Staten Island judge who issued an injunction which was struck down by the mandate on the very next day.
On the other hand, in a Friday appeal, the appellate judge agreed with the city.
On Twitter, Adams tweeted about “children's health”:
“Every decision we make is with our children's health and safety in mind. Children between two and four should continue to wear their masks…come Monday.”
In the last couple of years, health, safety, and the latest research have been praised in a way that is never-ending.
It's not as often where the government officials have cited this the science and then presented real evidence to support the restrictions.
“Science” seems to have become the word of choice for the government -If an institution says the word, it's time to stop examining.
However, before the vaccine was released and available, the CDC published mortality rates for coronavirus infections based on age:
0-19 years: 0.00003
20-49 years: 0.0002
50-69 years: 0.005
70+ years: 0.054
Yet, New York City insists on masking the smallest of kids.
In an announcement on Tuesday, March 22nd, Adams made the same statement he always does:
“I have always said that the science will guide us out of the pandemic, and because we have followed the data, we are winning the fight against COVID-19. New York City is currently in a low-risk environment.”
CBS News sums up the current confusion:
People are swarming through Columbus Circle masked and unmasked, however a face covering is required for the city's most young children on Monday.
The publication did mention that Adams’ decision “comes after the city's Department of Health said Friday the seven-day positivity rate was up 2.67 percent, up from 2.26 percent the week prior.”
Do you think it's an increase?
Through social media, Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan stated, “That's why we're going to wait a little while longer before making masks optional for children under five.”
Additionally, as Adams mentioned on Friday, preschoolers aren't yet old enough to be vaccinated.
For children's risks, think about a study conducted in the beginning of January, last year.
In the month of September, Newsweek featured the story ” Unvaccinated Children Less Likely to Die of COVID Than Vaccinated Adults, Data Suggests.”
I hope that New York will get its science-based self in order.
It's not clear if it's even trying.