Sending kids without a mask to school how to throw a deadly ‘chicken pox party’, Kentucky Governor warns
Sending unvaccinated and unmasked children to school amid a surge in COVID-19 cases is like throwing a gigantic and deadly “chicken pox party,” warned Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, who issued a mandate. mask statewide for students, teachers, staff and visitors.
The Democratic governor made the comparison in a Press conference Thursday while defending the school mask mandate it issued last week. He said it was the right thing to do. He warned that Kentucky hospital capacity was reaching a “critical point” as COVID-19 cases increase rapidly.
“Sending children without masks and without vaccinations into a stuffy classroom is like celebration of the largest chicken pox party in the worldexcept instead of chickenpox it’s the third leading cause of death last year, ”he said, referring to COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the new delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox.
A federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday moved to temporarily block Beshear’s School Mask Mandate. He argued that Beshear appeared to lack sufficient authority because the state legislature had previously overridden his veto of a measure limiting his public health power.
“The Executive Branch cannot simply ignore the laws passed by the duly elected representatives of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Therein lies the tyranny”Wrote US District Judge William Bertelsman.
The sentence grants only a temporary suspension of the mandate and currently affects only schools within the Catholic Diocese of Covington, reports Kentucky Today.
The case, brought by parents from a Catholic school, has yet to be argued on its merits. The next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
Beshear’s executive order was to take effect for 30 days, with the possibility of being extended.
The governor noted that the CDC recommends masks in schools regardless of vaccination status.
“We are at a point where we cannot allow our children to enter these buildings unprotected, unvaccinated and face this delta variant,” Beshear said when signing the order.
Kentucky had nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the third-highest increase in a single day since the pandemic began. More than a quarter of new daily cases – 26% – are in children and adolescents 18 years or younger, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Kentucky’s last governor, Republican Matt Bevin, sparked a storm of controversy when he boasted in 2019 that he and his wife made sure that her nine children contracted chickenpox exposing them to neighbors with the disease. Health experts instantly criticized the practice.
Before chickenpox vaccines were available, parents sometimes threw chickenpox “parties” so their children could be exposed. But once vaccines were available, they were much safer than exposing children to the disease, which you can have dangerous, even fatal complications, according to health experts.
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