Make Masks Optional
Make Masks Optional
Illinois school districts have been incentivized to require children to wear face masks all day despite little to no efficacy of cloth masks, negligible COVID spread amongst children, negative effects on social development, & possible negative respiratory health effects.
We ask Governor J.B. Pritzker to implement a guideline making masks OPTIONAL for all students in the state of Illinois, considering the following:
Per the CDC, cloth & surgical masks are not effective against the spread of viruses
A study of 6,000 people showed no statistically significant aid in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask
Quebec's public health director Horacio Arruda told the Montreal Gazette that daylong mask wearing, as opposed to the short onetime use in clinical settings, is a complete hazard to spread of bacteria and pathogens
German interdisciplinary Research Team finds masks for children have no benefits and can be dangerous
During the month of April, three cases of students suffering sudden cardiac death (SCD) while running during gym class have been reported
In Illinois, 0 children aged 0-18 & 0 actively working teachers have died of COVID-19
A study of 12 million adults shows adults in contact with children are at a lower risk of death from COVID-19 than those who are not in close contact with children
A 2015 clinical trial showed a high risk of infections from moisture retention in masks
COVID-19 is 6x less deadly than the flu was in 2019 & we do not mandate masks to mitigate flu spread
When masked, it is difficult for children to read emotional signals: According to psychologist, Dr. Kang Lee, it is not until kids are about 14 years old that they reach adult skill levels in recognizing faces. These issues may be especially true for children with autism spectrum disorder, who have particular difficulties reading non-verbal cues. The ADA is being ignored and children with sensory disorders are being denied an in person education.
With the above taken into account, we conclude public officials should not be mandating mask use, a preventative measure with little to no efficacy, as masks pose a higher potential threat to our children's well being than the actual COVID-19 virus itself!
We urge Governor J.B. Pritzker to require school districts to leave the health decision of masking children to each individual family, not to be mandated by any local school district in the state of Illinois. Let our children breathe!