DAVID: Alright, listen to this. So, Virginia Department of Health. Now, all these blue states across the country, because they've seen these terrible polls for Biden. Y'all are smart enough to realize that the politics has changed on COVID. The politics has changed on masks. Even though everyone, lots of people still get censored for so-called COVID misinformation.
This is the Virginia Department of Health. This is the most up-to-date guidance, fairly recent, and this is what they say about masks. After you hear me read all this, ask yourself, are you any closer to knowing if masks are appropriate for your child?
Virginia Department of Health logo. The well-informed page on www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu.
Now, obviously this is a national show, so everybody's going to have different things. I woke up today. I thought, man, most of the countries really moved on. Some people just don't understand why their states or big cities have kids in masks at all. Most of the country has been maskless for a couple months now, but listen to this. I just thought it was extraordinarily vague. About as vague as vague gets.
Quote "There are benefits and costs to mask wearing in the school environment. The benefits may include reduced transmission of the virus, but with limitations. Masks made of plainclothes, masks that are soiled."
DAVID: I mean, who's running around with soiled masks.
"...masks that are soiled or poorly fitting and masks that are not worn properly provide reduced or no benefit. Mask wearing may cause discomfort, skin irritation, anxiety, and otherwise impact a child's emotional state. Children may have difficulty communicating, perceiving emotion, or making social connections when wearing masks."
Just an incredibly important admission from the Virginia Department of Health. The center part of that long sentence is the deal, right? Masks that are made of plain cloth provide reduced or no benefit. Just skip all the rest, in fact it's just repeated again. Masks made of plain cloth, masks that are soiled, or poorly fitting and masks that are not properly worn provide reduced or no benefit. So, just chop out the middle again. Masks made of plain cloth provide reduced or no benefit, skipping forward.
"The CDC presently recommends the use of N-95 or KN-95 masks to reduce COVID transmissions, but such masks are very tight and uncomfortable and may be poorly tolerated by children."
I know a nurse who had to go through a whole class as to how to wear the KN-95. So, to expect children to pull that off is ridiculous. It continues, this is Virginia Department of Health again. Okay, for you factcheckers. Alright, this is the Virginia Department of Health updated guidance. Point nine, page 10 for you factcheckers.
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"During the Omicron outbreak, regions with restrictive masking policies and practices have shown similar rates of transmissions as regions with less restrictive mask policies."
I'll repeat that, "During the Omicron outbreak, regions with restrictive masking policies and practices have shown similar rates of transmissions as regions with less restrictive mask policies." Which is very carefully worded, and you might even infer that maybe they don't do a great job at reducing transmission. It continues, "There is presently a lack of consensus among health experts." Wow science.
"There is presently a lack of consensus among health experts regarding the costs and the benefits of mask wearing for children in school. Parents should consult with their medical providers if they have questions about whether or not their children should mask and for how long. This is especially true if a child is at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or that live with individuals at higher risk of severe illness."
Look, there's presently a lack of consensus. So, if you're out there talking about COVID on your social media particularly, I know you might be afraid of being muzzled. Why wouldn't you be right? Everyone's slapped down with a warning. Quote this, we'll put it up on the website. We'll put up the link to the website, the Virginia Department of Health and quote it all day long.
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"There is presently a lack of consensus among health experts regarding the costs and benefits of masks wearing," that's it. "There is presently a lack of consensus among health experts." You throw that in front of you as a shield. Anyone starts whining to you about where's your mask, starts shoving a cell phone in your face when your grocery shopping, just calmly tell them, there's no consensus. The state boards of health are putting this in writing now.