US Only 1 of 7 Western Countries Targeting Children With Mandates

US Only 1 of 7 Western Countries Targeting Children With Mandates

( – Despite each state making its own rules, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children ages two years and older wear masks in indoor settings. The recommendation makes the United States one of only seven Western countries asking citizens of such a young age to wear masks. In fact, some countries never mandated masks at all.

The United States joins Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Romania in mandating that children wear masks. In contrast, more than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Australia and Iceland, never imposed such provisions.

Many Western countries have decided to scrap mask mandates for children, as research shows they face the least risks from the virus. Still, a recent study shows that 68.2% of America’s 500 largest school districts ask kids to wear masks just to receive an education.

The other six nations all have different reasons for mandating masks.

Canada’s 10 provinces share the same luxuries as US states, with each setting its own rules on the matter. British Columbia and Manitoba require that children in grades K-12 wear masks, while Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia mandate masks for all kids.

Alberta and Prince Edward Island require face coverings for people attending grades 4 to 12. Ontario mandates masks for every student in grades 1 to 12. The two remaining provinces, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, only reduce mask requirements when cases in the surrounding areas are low.

While it’s easy to compare the UK’s decision to stay away from mask mandates with the situation here in the US, the two countries have a couple of differences. In America, COVID-19 hospitalizes nearly four times as many youths. Many European schools also regularly test their children for the virus. In the United States, those tests often don’t occur or simply aren’t available.

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