Students wear masks as they work in a fourth grade classroom, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash., on Feb. 2, 2021. Some congressional Republicans, led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith, want the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explain why children as young as age 2 should wear a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. | Ted S. Warren, Associated Press
Some congressional Republicans, led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith, want the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explain why children as young as age 2 should wear a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In a letter Thursday to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the group of 30 House and Senate lawmakers say the recommendations have had serious consequences for some people.
“Multiple parents of young children have been removed from flights, and in some instances, permanently banned, from future travel on the airline they were flying due to their toddler’s refusal to wear a mask,” according to the letter. “These unfortunate events have occurred despite the parents’ best attempts to have their child cooperate with the mask requirement, which is a struggle millions of parents have faced this past year.”
Compliance has proved almost impossible for parents of children with disabilities, resulting in increased social isolation and negative mental health consequences, the letter says.
Stories of passengers getting kicked off flights because their child wasn’t wearing a face mask have garnered national attention in recent weeks.
Airlines have required all passengers to wear face coverings since last May. In January, President Joe Biden required all airports, commercial airplanes, trains, intercity buses and other forms of public transportation to comply with CDC guidelines on mask wearing. The CDC issued a corresponding mandate that only exempted children under the age of 2.
In Utah, some groups have urged parents to send their children to school without face coverings since a new law lifted the statewide mask mandate on April 10. The law, however, keeps the mask mandate for K-12 students in place through June 15.
The CDC recommends children age 2 and older wear a mask when in public and when around people they don’t live with to slow the spread of COVID-19. Medical experts say mask wearing for babies and toddlers could make it harder for them to breathe and …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News