Governor Kristi Noem is recklessly urging parents to send their kids to school without masks. The state’s most prominent health officials, epidemiologist Josh Clayton and Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon, are defying that bad advice:
When asked if Clayton and Malsam-Rysdon are planning to send their children back to school this fall, they both said their kids will be back in their classrooms and wearing masks. The DOH has stayed constant on following CDC guidelines on masks while Noem has remained skeptical of the efficacy of masks from reducing the transmission of COVID-19.
Clayton said he and his wife have had their own discussions at home about sending their two elementary school children back into classrooms this fall, and said he plans to provide them with masks as a “general precaution.”
Malsam-Rysdon said she has a son at the University of South Dakota and said her son will comply with the SDBOR decision to require masks in indoor public spaces on campus [Morgan Matzen, “DOH Release Statewide Data About Covid-19 in Children,” Rapid City Journal, updated 2020.07.31].
Good thing—new research published Thursday finds young kids can carry more coroanvirus around in their snouts than grown-ups and thus “can potentially be important drivers” the pandemic. Read all the science, Kristi….