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The CDC’s cruel, irrational guidance traps our kids in the forever pandemic

While much of grown-up America moves on, our children are trapped in the forever pandemic.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fresh set of guidelines for summer camps. Like much of the CDC’s guidance, this latest was a bunch of irrational nonsense. (Yes, “experts” can be guilty of that.) 

The camp guidance — clearly written by someone who has never attended summer camp and isn’t even mildly aware of what goes on there — suggests kids be separated by 3 feet at all times, and 6 feet when they’re eating. 

The CDC maintains that vaccinated adults who work at these camps should continue to be masked — and, of course, kids should wear masks, too. 

The people making these absurd calls will be sitting in air-conditioned offices, while your children and their underpaid counselor will be needlessly sweating under their masks playing color war in 90-degree weather. Don’t listen to them.

Also last week, the CDC finally released updated guidance for vaccinated people. The chart showed that vaccinated people — except, apparently, summer camp counselors — can now dine outdoors and gather mask-less in small groups outside. 

Thanks, I guess? Most sane people have been doing this for a while. 

Children wearing face masks on their way to school in Hawthorne, New Jersey.
Children wearing face masks on their way to school in Hawthorne, New Jersey.
Christopher Sadowski

Last Sunday, national virus guru Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN, “The risk when you’re outdoors, which we have been saying all along, is extremely low.”

Oh, they’ve been saying it all along, have they? No, of course they haven’t. In fact, Fauci had many times stressed the importance of masking, even outdoors. Who could forget him standing on a pitcher’s mound last spring, 90 feet from the nearest person but still wearing his mask?

That’s why it’s so important to now tune out Fauci and the CDC. Their misinformation and constant flip-flops are causing us ­societal harm. 

Don’t believe it? Last Friday, CDC boss Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the “CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine.” On Monday, the CDC seemed to walk back her comments, noting the agency’s recommendation remains simply that “pregnant people are eligible and can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.” 

A pregnant woman receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
A pregnant woman receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
REUTERS/Hannah Beier

If you’re confused, you aren’t alone. The agency moved from saying pregnant women should get the jabs to suggesting they could. And these are our high priests of COVID guidance? 

They can’t even tell us whether pregnant women should get the vaccine, but we should dutifully listen to them about masking kids, who are at minuscule risk from the disease and transmit it at a lower rate?

How low is the risk to kids? ­According to the CDC, 266 kids ages 0 to 17 have died of COVID-19. Every single death is a tragedy. But during the 2018-2019 flu season, 477 kids in that age range died of the regular flu, and we didn’t take to hiding our kids ­under their beds. 

Also in 2019, we lost 2,545 kids under 18 to traffic accidents, 776 to drowning and a devastating 2,156 to suicide. We didn’t stop sending kids to school. We didn’t ban cars or swimming pools. We understood that we live in a world of risk, that we send our children out daily and pray that they make it home. 

We need perspective — and fast. We need to stop listening to an ­organization that has discredited itself. 

“The CDC is a science-based organization,” Fauci said recently. “They don’t want to make any guidelines unless they look at the data and the data backs it up.” OK. Show us the data that justify masking kids. No such data exist.

Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) sent a letter to the CDC demanding “information on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to its conclusion that children 2 years and older should wear face masks.” Lee, Smith and 30 other signatories also point out that masking in much of Europe begins around age 11 or 12.

There is absolutely no data to support our masking norm, beginning at age 2. Europeans don’t care about their kids any less than we do. 

Let’s return our kids to sanity. Stop masking kids. Do it now.

Twitter: @Karol

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