DeSantis and Abbott's Opposition to Masking Children Is Finding Agreement From Unlikely Sources

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The Democrats and their pet media have been blasting derision from every working screen and speaker about how dangerous and irresponsible Republican Governors like Texas’s Greg Abbott and Florida’s Ron DeSantis are for not forcing children to wear masks alongside adults.

Since the ever-changing CDC guidelines now say that masking children is integral to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the left has gone into overdrive since Abbott passed his ban on mask mandates within the state of Texas and DeSantis with his executive order allowing parents to opt-out of masking their children if they please.

Interestingly enough, Abbott and DeSantis may not be in agreement with the CDC, but they are in agreement with a good number of health departments from the rest of the western world. As highlighted by Fox News, many developed countries have come to the same conclusion as Abbott and DeSantis in that it’s unnecessary to mask children, if not irresponsible to do so:

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union, does not recommend masks for children 6 and under in any setting or for children 12 and under in a classroom setting. In the Republic of Ireland, children ages 13 and younger are only advised to wear a mask if they attend middle school. In Sweden, children have never been told to wear masks in school.

In Iceland, children ages 15 and younger are exempt from mask requirements. In Norway, schoolchildren 7 and younger are not required to wear masks. When it comes to the U.K., which is reporting a similar COVID-19 surge as the U.S., public health officials in England and Wales are no longer recommending masks in classrooms starting this September. In Scotland, children 12 and under are no longer required to wear face coverings in public places. And officials in Northern Ireland have indicated they plan to drop masking requirements in schools this fall.

In New Zealand, masks are not recommended in schools or for children younger than 6 in any public setting, but children or teachers who wish to wear them “may do so if they want to” and “should not be criticized for doing so,” the country’s Ministry for Education website currently states.

As Nick Arama highlighted in May, the CDC seems to be influenced by political entities more than science, specifically the American Federation Teacher’s union. Emails obtained through FOIA show correspondence between the AFT and the CDC with the White House cc’d.

“What seems strange to me here is there would be this very intimate back and forth including phone calls where this political group gets to help formulate scientific guidance for our major public health organization in the United State,” professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Monica Gandhi told The Post. “This is not how science-based guidelines should work or be put together.”

So if the CDC has been politically compromised, can we safely assume that European health departments are getting it right on children and masks? Are they freer from bureaucracy and political meddling than ours is on this subject?