Hanging on to COVID-19 restrictions for children is doing more harm than good, and it’s time to end guidelines that result in “no demonstrable public health benefit.” That’s the word from a group of prominent doctors and educators, and their target is the White House.
Of course, the same leftists who want to parade dancing drag queens in front of kindergarteners want the children covered in bubble wrap from birth to graduation.
The open letter was sent to Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s Coronavirus Response Coordinator, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The group, “Urgency of Normal,” strongly urged revising current guidelines for mass testing everything from schools to camps. They charge the CDC’s school recommendations cause “significant disruption” for both children and parents for little or no reason.
Instead, they result in mental strain and potential harm.
Heading the effort to return to pre-pandemic conditions are Dr. Lucy McBride of Washington, D.C., and Dr. Vinay Prasad of the University of California, San Francisco.
The doctors note that the U.K., Denmark, Norway, British Columbia, and even Massachusetts have recommended ending routine screening and mandatory isolation for children. These are not exactly MAGA strongholds.
Of course, any effort to return to normal and away from government micromanagement is offensive to some. No less a freedom-loving outfit than Mother Jones said the group of “renowned physicians” is making parents skeptical of “settled science.”
The left is infatuated with the term “settled.” Roe v. Wade is, of course, “settled law.” Now a pandemic that began just over two years ago must be controlled using “settled science.” No room for argument.
It has been said that Puritanism is the haunting fear that “somewhere, someone is happy.” Perhaps, but liberalism is the inescapable dread that “somewhere, someone is making decisions for themselves and their families.”
Critics scream about the necessity of mandates and that “privileged” communities are at the forefront of demanding an end to restrictions on young children leading normal lives. Some harp on the dangers of “individualistic thinking.”
The argument that quarantining kids who might be exposed to coronavirus is up to parents and their doctor is valid. It is a shame that some children are still forced to abide by restrictions that adults have long since discarded as unnecessary.