R.I. recommending universal mask wearing in schools

A STUDENT wears a face mask while doing work at his desk at the Post Road Elementary School, in White Plains, N.Y., in 2020. Rhode Island announced on Wednesday that it recommends universal mask wearing in schools, regardless of vaccination status. (AP PHOTO/MARY ALTAFFER)
PROVIDENCE – With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Rhode Island, the state on Wednesday said it is recommending universal mask use within school settings, regardless of vaccination status, when the 2021-22 school year begins. Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s office said the recommendation aligns with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent updates…

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  1. Flawed thinking as usual. Real smart to take away one of the few reasons to get your child vaccinated against a disease that carries extremely low risk for children (and fully vaccinated adults). Do you really think you’re going to change the behavior of those who do not want to get vaccinated with this mandate? If you really believe masking is the answer then how do you ever argue to ever get rid of the mask…..since under that logic you should wear a mask forever to protect against ALL viruses, flu and yet to be discovered new variants and viruses. And perhaps that’s really the goal of all this.

    For the unvaccinated, we have the “seatbelt”, if the “driver” chooses not to wear it, the driver suffers the consequences not everyone else. So set up a thinly-staffed field hospital to deal with COVID cases and reserve the hospitals for non-Covid cases so the vaccinated can move on with their lives. Priority treatment and hospital beds should no longer go to unvaccinated Covid patients. That’s one approach that’s equitable and stands a better chance of incentivizing people to get vaccinated rather than requiring ALL to wear a mask again. Requiring all to wear masks again is akin to requiring everyone to ride their bikes instead of driving because some drivers choose not to wear their seatbelt. Ridiculous.