October 20, 2021
General News

Masks Protect Schoolkids from COVID despite What Antiscience Politicians Claim

On July 30 Florida governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order barring local school districts from requiring their students to wear masks, claiming that mask mandates in schools lack “a well-grounded scientific justification.” On August 27, when a Leon County, Florida, judge suspended the governor’s ban, DeSantis’s office maintained that there was no evidence that masks prevent infection in schools, issuing a statement that the ruling was “not based in science and facts.” (The order is currently being appealed.)

DeSantis is wrong. And so is Texas governor Greg Abbott, who banned schools in his state from requiring masks and is suing some school districts for mandating them. There are multiple lines of evidence from a variety of disciplines—including materials science, infectious diseases, pediatrics and epidemiology—showing that masks can help protect children…

Read full article here: www.scientificamerican.com