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BREAKING: Liberal CA, OR, WA to end K-12 school mask mandates mid-March

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The most liberal of liberal states are relaxing Covid-19 mask mandates following the CDC’s updated guidance. California, Oregon and Washington state announced they will drop their mask mandates for K-12 public schools beginning March 12th.

In a joint statement released Monday, the governors announced “with declining case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance.”

For all three states, the guidance also applies to most indoor settings in addition to schools. What was recently justification for Democrats to fire federal employees is now a moot point, long after thousands of nurses, teachers, law enforcement and military personnel have been fired.

Republicans, many of which eased requirements months ago, lament that the science has not changed, and Democrat leadership is far behind. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently cancelled mask mandates for indoor settings and public schools.

Adams also dropped the vaccine passport requirement for recreational venues in New York City beginning early March. National Review writes the “inter-state movement to ease pandemic restrictions suggests a growing consensus that Covid-19 is becoming endemic, and that citizens must learn to live with it to avoid further disrupting economies, livelihoods, and children, who many parents claim have born the brunt of restrictions in the form of academic and social regression.”

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  1. Jaye

    February 28, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Teachers unions finally panicked enough?

    Too many parents are yanking their kids out of California government schools or have left this teacher-union controlled crazy train. One thing for sure, it was not The Science (TM). It was the bottom line and drop in teacher union memberships.

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Former Harvard medical professor says he was fired for opposing Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates

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“My hope is that someday, Harvard will find its way back to academic freedom and independence.” That is the heartfelt message from Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a former Harvard University professor of medicine since 2003, who recently announced publicly he was fired for “clinging to the truth” in his opposition to Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

Kulldorff posted the news on social media alongside an essay published in the City Journal last week. The epidemiologist and biostatistician also spoke with National Review about the incident. Kulldorff says he was fired by the Harvard-affiliated Mass General Brigham hospital system and put on a leave of absence by Harvard Medical School in November 2021 over his stance on Covid.

Nearly two years later, in October 2023, his leave of absence was terminated as a matter of policy, marking the end of his time at the university. Harvard severed ties with Kulldorff “all on their initiative,” he said.

The history of the medical professional’s public stance on Covid-19 vaccines and mandates is detailed by National Review:

Censorship and rejection led Kulldorff to co-author the Great Barrington Declaration in October 2020 alongside Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University. Together, the three public-health scientists argued for limited and targeted Covid-19 restrictions that “protect the elderly, while letting children and young adults live close to normal lives,” as Kulldorff put it in his essay.

“The declaration made clear that no scientific consensus existed for school closures and many other lockdown measures. In response, though, the attacks intensified—and even grew slanderous,” he wrote, naming former National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins as the one who ordered a “devastating published takedown” of the declaration.

Testifying before Congress in January, Collins reaffirmed his previous statements attacking the Great Barrington Declaration.

Despite the coordinated effort against it, the document has over 939,000 signatures in favor of age-based focused protection.

The Great Barrington Declaration’s authors, who advocated the quick reopening of schools, have been vindicated by recent studies that confirm pandemic-era school closures were, in fact, detrimental to student learning. The data show that students from third through eighth grade who spent most of the 2020–21 school year in remote learning fell more than half a grade behind in math scores on average, while those who attended school in person dropped a little over a third of a grade, according to a New York Times review of existing studies. In addition to learning losses, school closures did very little to stop the spread of Covid, studies show.

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