Contrast the experience of schoolchildren in the Netherlands—no mask mandates or distancing for kids <12, ever—to the widespread US belief that we absolutely must mask kindergartners all day in school for their safety

You owe it to yourself to read the entire thing, I promise.

That is what European pediatricians, educators, and epidemiologists have near-unanimously advocated. (“Obviously preschoolers shouldn’t wear masks!”)

What is unfolding in the US, the reflexive, moralized outrage over young kids needing to wear masks is culture-bound hysteria.

It’s hard to deal with the whiplash of considering that in Europe, “the science” means a Dutch fifth grader has never needed to wear a mask.

But a 3 y/o in California, learning to speak and socialize, must keep hers on all day in daycare, provided she isn’t eating or sleeping.

How can we be so convinced in the moral and virological necessity of this one intervention… when there are clearly dozens of counterexamples disproving that assumption?

How can these two diverging realities exist in our age of connectivity? How is this dissonance sustainable?

Endless dichotomization in our political outrage economy has left us so, so broken. This is a canary in the coal mine for the dark future of this country, I’m afraid. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Originally tweeted by Genève Campbell (@bergerbell) on August 23, 2021.

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