We are the only so-called developed country that is extensively forcing masks on school children. It is criminal child abuse to do this, it is futile and it hinders educational and social development in addition to terrifying children about virus that poses zero threat to them. The powers that be don’t do real research that would show the pointlessness of masking. Instead they make up research slanted to show what the teachers’ unions want. From Twitter and an interchange with a parent I got the attached chart. For those not from our area, Moorhead is in Minnesota on the Red River and Fargo is just across the border in North Dakota. They are a single metro area. Moorhood schools mandate masks as does the Fargo school district. West Fargo does not. I asked, and several people responded, that not only is mask wearing not mandated, it is minimal, with perhaps 5% to 10% of children in West Fargo schools wearing them. That is important because to really understand whether masks might make a difference you have to know if they are being worn in the comparator schools. In addition, since this is a single metro area, the community rate is likely the same for all the schools, so that removes another significant potential confounder. While this isn’t scientific, and hopefully someone will turn it into real research, you can see that not only do the West Fargo schools not have a higher rate of cases, they have a far lower rate. Now that likely isn’t because the students aren’t wearing masks, but it makes you wonder, and it certainly suggests that mask wearing is irrelevant at best to transmission.