CDC Still Lying About Masked Kids in Schools: Their New ‘Study’ Gets Destroyed by National Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to mislead Americans about the utility of masking schoolchildren. It recently released a study that was based on schools in Arkansas.

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“Masks are effective at limiting transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but the impact of policies requiring masks in school settings has not been widely evaluated (2–4),” the CDC claimed while providing weak evidence. “During fall 2021, some school districts in Arkansas implemented policies requiring masks for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12).”

“Among 26 districts that switched from no mask policy to any policy (full or partial) during the investigation, COVID-19 incidences for student and staff members were higher than those in the community during the period with no mask policy,” the study claimed. “However, a week after implementation of a mask policy, the incidence among students and staff members decreased significantly… Although the incidence among community members decreased at the same time, there was a significantly higher rate of reduction in incidence among students and staff members compared with that in community members.”

The Washington Post heralded the ‘news’ to once again mislead readers on the purported effectiveness of school masking.

“School districts that required masks this fall saw significantly fewer coronavirus cases than those where masks were optional, according to a large study of Arkansas schools by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the Washington Post claimed about the single-state report.

“The CDC looked at 233 school districts and found those with mask requirements saw a 23 percent lower incidence of coronavirus cases,” WaPo continued. “Rates in districts with partial requirements — for instance, places that required them in hallways but not classrooms — were in between.”

“While we don’t have access to district level case rates, we can use the pediatric case rates at the county level as a reasonable proxy for the school case rates, as most children in a given county are in public schools, and most counties tend to be either masked or un-masked, not a mixture.”

“The result of that analysis is below,” they state. “As you can see, except for a slight edge in October, masked districts fare 2-4x worse than un-masked districts.”

Why would that be?” the authors asked. Critically, they proceed to show that the data findings that one attains on masks depends heavily on when the data was gathered.

“Well, it’s not really that hard to figure out,” they add. “In October of 2021 Southern states—which were more likely to offer mask-optional instruction—were just finishing up their summer case surge. Maskier Northern states hadn’t yet started their winter case surges. But, once the winter wave started to take off, masked-up Northern states started to perform far worse. Not because masks made it better or worse, simply because they made no difference. Seasonality appears to have a far, far greater impact on case rates than any of the non-pharmaceutical interventions we have employed—and certainly more than masks.”

“Now, if I were using CDC research practices, I would simply ignore the October data I have above, and use the other data where case rates in masked districts sky-rocket during the omicron wave to ‘prove’ that masks make case spread worse,” the continue. “The CDC and others in public health have used this particular trick in countless examples—that is, employing ‘research’ that exploited seasonal differences in case rates—to justify mask mandates and much else.”

“This pattern is remarkably similar to that visible in Emily Oster’s data from the 2020/21 school year, and analyzed by @boriquagato,” they add. “That is, un-masked schools showed higher case rates early in the year, around October, but later in the year, case rates in masked schools vastly outstripped them. According to Emily Oster, ‘We do not find any correlations with mask mandates’.”

“Cloth masks aren’t going to provide a lot of protection, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “This is an airborne illness. We now understand that. And a cloth mask is not going to protect you from a virus that spreads through airborne transmission. It could protect better through droplet transmission, something like the flu, but not this coronavirus.”

Dr. Leanna Wen, a CNN health analyst, also revealed the facts about masks on the network in December.


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