The Biden administration’s latest facemask recommendation is, probably, the most absurd one yet.
On Tuesday, Dr. Francis Collins, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director recommended that parents start wearing facemasks in their own homes, Breitbart reports.
Collins gave the recommendation during an appearance Tuesday on CNN. There he tried to argue that such as step as having parents mask up at home is necessary in order to protect their children, particularly children under 12 years of age, who, as of yet, cannot get vaccinated.
Collins began by arguing that, unlike the original coronavirus, the Delta variant, which is now surging, is capable of causing more harm to children.
“It’s clear that this variant is capable of causing serious injury in children,” he said. “You have heard those stories coming out of Louisiana pediatric ICUs where there are kids as young as a few months old who are sick from this. That is rare, certainly younger people are less likely to fall ill, but anyone that tried to tell you ‘Ah, you don’t have worry about it if you’re a young, healthy person,’ there’s many counterexamples all around us now.'”
For this reason, Collins said that “recommendations of mask-wearing in schools and at home” are needed.
“Parents of unvaccinated kids should be thoughtful about this, and the recommendation is to wear masks there as well,” Collins said. “I know that’s uncomfortable, I know it seems weird, but it is the best way to protect your kids.”
The segment concluded with Collins being asked to clarify whether the Delta variant really is more dangerous for kids. He argued “it can be a worry,” and he added that it was a worry before but “underemphasized.”
A “garbled” message
Following that CNN appearance, Collins felt the need to take to social media to clarify what he had said.
“Let me clarify the masking message that I garbled on @NewDay this morning,” he wrote. “Vaccinated parents who live in communities with high COVID transmission rates should mask when out in public indoor settings to minimize risks to their unvaccinated kids. No need to mask at home.”
Still, for many, this was a step too far.
At the moment, the CDC is recommending that K-12 students be required to wear face masks when they return to school. But, this mask-wearing at home, that Collins suggested, is a new one. How is one supposed to eat or drink?