Only 7 Countries in Western World Require Kids Masks in Schools

which countries require no masks for kids in school

The U.S. is one of the few countries still recommending masks in schools as most nations let kids attend classes without face coverings.

Although states are allowed to set their own rules, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests universal indoor masking for all students above age two regardless of vaccination status.

In fact, 68.2 percent of the 500 of the largest school districts in America still require masks, according to data analytics firm Burbio.

However, at least 14 countries, including the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Australia, don’t require kids to wear face coverings

Aside from the U.S., could only identify six other Western countries where masking is broadly required or recommended in schools: Canada, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

In Canada, America’s closest neighbor, provinces get to set their own rules just like states do in the U.S., with most instituting mask mandates.

Of the 10 provinces, two require masks for all K-12 students, one requires for grades 1-12, two require for grades 4-12 and three require masking across all students.

The remaining two provinces, Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador, only don’t require masks if case rates in the surrounding areas are low.

In France, mandatory face masks had been lifted by the requirement is being reimposed for all elementary school students as of November 15 due to rising case rates.  

Meanwhile, in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania, millions of children started of the school year wearing masks.

Recent studies have found that children are just as likely as adults to test positive for Covid, but about half are asymptomatic compared to 10 percent of over-18s.

The risk of being hospitalized and death is much smaller with less than 0.1 percent of kids falling severely ill or dying of Covid.

And because of this low risk, most Western nations have opted to ditch the masks and have kids return to ‘normalcy’ in classrooms.

In the UK, for example, millions of children returned to schools in early September with face coverings not required. 

And while masks are a politically divisive issue in the U.S., members of both the Conservative and Labour Parties in the UK have stated that wearing masks prevent children from being able to communicate and socialize.

In Norway, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health advises against school-aged children wearing masks. Pictured: Third grade pupils at Nordstrand Steinerskole school in Oslo, Norway, April 2020

A recent analysis found that kids in the U.S. are being hospitalized at a rate up to four times higher than kids in the UK.

In Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Norway and Sweden – almost all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, including mask mandates.

In fact, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health advises against school-aged children wearing masks.

In Irelands, kids under age 13 are not required to wear masks and in Iceland and the Netherlands, middle and high school students are only required to do so when not seated in classrooms.

So why are Europeans less likely to mandate masks in schools? There are a few reasons.

Firstly, many European populations are more vaccinated than several U.S. states.

For example, West Virginia and Idaho have yet to vaccinate 50 percent of their populations compared to more than 70 percent in all Nordic countries, according to data from the U.S. CDC and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Secondly, trust in authority figures is higher in the European Union than in the U.S.

‘Because of this, parents and the policymakers representing them may feel less need to protect children from each other with masks,’ writes Anthony La Mesa in Medium.

Another reason could be that more testing occurs in Europe than in the U.S. 

Currently the UK’s Department of Education requires all secondary school students, between ages 11 and 18, be tested at home twice a week using tests.

Additionally, Norway is mass testing students to phase out quarantining students amid Covid outbreaks.    

Because there is no regular testing at many U.S. schools, kids are being sent to classrooms instead of being kept at home because tests aren’t detecting these cases.

This can lead to these children being hospitalized themselves or infecting other children who end up hospitalized.    

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