Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), supported by Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) and 30-plus other people in Congress, sent a letter on Thursday to the CDC, challenging their directive that children as young as two should wear masks.
The letter is signed by Lee and Smith and addressed to the CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The letter reads, in part:
"We write to request that you provide us with information on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came to its conclusion that children two years and older should wear face masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The CDC first put this recommendation forward in March 2020 and since then, many states and localities have based their mask mandate age requirements on it.
Additionally, President Biden’s January 21, 2021 Executive Order required that all airports, commercial aircrafts, trains, intercity bus services, and other forms of public transportation comply with the CDC’s guidelines on mask wearing."
.... The implementation of these recommendations has had serious consequences for some Americans. Multiple parents of young children have been removed from flights, and in some instances, permanently banned, from future travel on the airline they were flying due to their toddler’s refusal to wear a mask.
.... These unfortunate events have occurred despite the parents’ best attempts to have their child cooperate with the mask requirement, which is a struggle millions of parents have faced this past year."
.... The CDC’s mandate that children as young as 2-years-old must wear facemasks is among the most stringent face mask age requirements in the world.
The significantly lower age requirement for mask wearing in the United States raises questions about the susceptibility of young children to COVID-19, the rate at which they transmit the disease, and their developmental ability to comply with mask requirements."
The letter then goes on to present scientific evidence that goes against what the CDC is currently recommending:
"One review of scientific literature on COVID-19 infections showed 'evidence for significantly lower susceptibility to infection for children aged under 10 years compared to adults given the same exposure.'
Another review that focused on contact-tracing studies and population-screening studies found 'preliminary evidence that children and young people have lower susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2, with a 56% lower odds of being an infected contact.'
A different analysis of 32 studies indicated that “children and adolescents younger than 20 years had 44% lower odds of secondary infection with SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults 20 years and older; this finding was most marked in those younger than 10 to 14 years."
The letter ends with a series of pointed questions for the CDC, including questions on what plans it has to keep up on top of current science and update their recommendations best on such.