Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday “hopefully” that forcing young children to wear face masks will have no “lasting negative impact” on them.
Fauci’s comments came during a interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. The White House chief health adviser said it is important to keep an “open mind” about the use of masking after the CDC recently issued new guidance recommending that teachers, staff and students wear face covers. inside, even if they are vaccinated.
“It’s obviously not comfortable for kids to wear masks, particularly the little ones,” Fauci said. “But you know, what we’re starting to see, Hugh, and I think it’s going to develop further as the weeks go by, that this virus is not only so extraordinarily communicable, but we’re starting to see pediatric hospitals become increasingly more and more young people and children not only numerically, but what appears to be a more serious disease. ”
“Now we’re tracking that, the CDC is really tracking it very carefully, so it will be a balance that we would feel really bad if we suddenly said OK kids don’t wear masks, so they find in retrospect that this virus in a very, very, very strange and unusual is really affecting children very strongly, “he added. “But hopefully this will be temporary, temporary enough that it doesn’t have any lasting negative impact on them.”
Hewitt noted that an editorial in the Wall street journal on Sunday – “The case against children’s masks“- argued that long-term use of masks can cause physical and developmental problems in children and that there is little evidence to support a mandate.
“Facial expressions are an integral part of the human connection, particularly for younger children who are just learning to point out fear, confusion and happiness,” Hewitt said. “Covering a child’s face silences this form of non-verbal communication, it can result in a robotic and emotionless interaction. So, Dr., what did you base it on? Why? “
Fauci later claimed that the data cited in the editorial “It goes back to the alpha variant, not necessarily all the latest data on delta.”
“Delta is different,” he said. “We better go back and make sure that that data is really robust in the same way you ask me, and I will. I’m going to go back to the CDC and make sure the data that they’re talking about is really robust. Let’s review both and make sure that we are really talking about apples and apples and not apples and oranges, and let’s make sure that we are talking about delta transmissibility, since we are looking at what it is doing right now.
“So I’ll keep an open mind,” he added.
Mask orders and mandatory vaccinations have been reconsidered as concern about the highly contagious delta variant grows. The new variant is spreading rapidly in areas with low vaccination rates.
After the CDC renewed calls for students to wear masks in schools, the Republican governors of Texas and Florida signed orders. ban mask mandates in public schools.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said “the federal government does not have the right to tell parents that in order for their children to attend school in person, they must be required to wear a mask all day, every day.”
“Many Florida schoolchildren have suffered under forced masking policies, and it is prudent to protect parents’ ability to make decisions about the use of masks by their children,” he said.
While children under the age of twelve are currently not eligible to get vaccinated, National review has previously reported that unvaccinated children have a lower risk of death or a serious outcome from COVID-19 than people vaccinated in their 30s.
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