Urgency of Normal, a non-partisan group of scientists and doctors concerned about continued Covid-19 restrictions, issued the following statement to Dr. Ashish Jha, Coordinator of Coronavirus in the White House, and to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Back to School PA is pleased to support the efforts of Urgency of Normal. We are all focused on returning to the normality of our children across the country, especially now that we have seen the devastating consequences of extended school closures, quarantine policies and mask and vaccine mandates. Back to School PA was at the forefront of this struggle in Pennsylvania, and we continue to advocate for parental rights, transparency, and a return to normal life for our children.
– Beth Ann Rosica, Ph.D.
Today, a group of scientists and pediatricians, infectious diseases, emergency physicians, mental health and intensive care physicians, who are increasingly concerned that Covid-19 mitigation measures continue to disrupt children’s lives with test, isolation and vaccine mandates, issued a open letter to the White House and the CDC.
“We have written this letter because the lives of children and their families continue to be disrupted by unnecessary Covid-19 testing, isolation and vaccine requirements. With high levels of both vaccination and infection-acquired immunity, it is time to lift Covid-19 mitigation measures that prevent our children in unconditionally attending school, camps and sports, ”said co-author Dr. Eliza Holland, a pediatrician in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The letter emphasizes that the CDC’s Covid-19 guidelines for children do more harm than good and continue to cause significant disruption to children’s education and working parents, while providing no demonstrable benefit to public health by limiting the spread. Currently, nearly all U.S. adults and children are protected by either vaccination or infection-acquired immunity, and the United States is experiencing far lower hospitalizations and mortality rates than in previous increases. CDC policies have serious unintended consequences – such as school closures, increased absenteeism, forcing parents to miss out on work and costs and time for testing.
Co-author Dr. Jeanne Noble, Director of Covid Response for UCSF, explains that “This letter is
necessary because our Covid-19 policies have not been updated as promised. As a front-line health nurse, I witnessed the transition of Covid-19 from a preventable and almost incurable disease to a manageable, and typically mild, viral infection. Nevertheless, children who are least threatened by Covid-19 continue to carry the most harmful restrictions, with test and isolation recommendations causing ongoing learning losses and vaccine mandates limiting social opportunities. It is crucial that our country’s public health leaders withdraw from Covid mitigation policies that are barriers to a full recovery of childhood. “
“It’s time to restore confidence in our public health agencies by following science,” added the assistant professor of pediatrics, Dr. Nicole Johnson. “We urge the CDC to make masking and vaccination optional for all and only recommend testing for treatment. It is urgent that our children return to normal now.”
The group has previously released two advocacy toolkits entitled “Children, Covid and the Urgency of Normal” and “The Under 5’s Toolkit”, both available at www.urgencyofnormal.com.