Requiring Masks in Schools Has a Downside

Source: The Atlantic
by Vinay Prasad

“Scientists have an obligation to strive for honesty. And on the question of whether kids should wear masks in schools — particularly preschools and elementary schools — here is what I conclude: The potential educational harms of mandatory-masking policies are much more firmly established, at least at this point, than their possible benefits in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools. To justify continued masking of schoolkids — with no end date in sight — we have to prove that masks benefit kids, and at what ages. States and communities that are considering masking policies just to be safe should recognize that being overly cautious has a cost, while the benefits are uncertain.” (09/02/21)