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

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.

“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.”

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