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Schools without mask requirements have reported significantly more cases of COVID-19 among their students than those mandating masking, according to a recent analysis by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.

Districts that require masking for all grades have reported an average of less than 50 cases per 100,000 enrolled individuals in recent weeks, while districts with few to no mask rules have seen their average surpass 80 cases per capita.

Additionally, school districts with partial masking rules, like those that only require masking for some grades or for staff only, or require them based on vaccine status, have reported a case average that has stayed higher than the fully-masked schools, but much lower than the schools without mask mandates.

Facebook users post in at least 160 languages, the company has built robust AI detection in only a fraction of those languages, the ones spoken in large, high-profile markets such as the U.S. and Europe—a choice, the documents show, that means problematic content is seldom detected.


In North America, we have recently become acutely aware of the risks and harms of social media. But the Facebook we see is the platform at its best. Any solutions will need to apply not only to the problems we still encounter here, but also to those with which the other 90 percent of Facebook’s users struggle every day.

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  1. steve says:

    Not sure I can find it quickly but there is (was?) a site that tracked speakers getting cancelled due to their political/religious/whatever beliefs. Last time I looked it was pretty evenly split between left and right wing cancellations. Its just that every time a “liberal” school cancels someone it makes big news.


  2. gVOR08 says:


    Its just that every time a “liberal” school cancels someone it makes big news.

    The supposedly liberal MSM have a narrative and they’re sticking to it.

    On checking I find Samford is a very small Baptist school in AL, just up Birmingham way from Dr. T. I wonder if, being a neighbor, even he had ever heard of it.

  3. Kathy says:

    I find this remarkable as a headline this late in the pandemic: Schools that require students to wear masks report fewer COVID-19 cases.

    On the other hand, the world has passed five million deaths of COVID, with who knows how many uncounted officially and how many indirect deaths.

    Russia is locking down amid low vaccine uptake. It seems bad mouthing western vaccines has unintended consequences for all vaccines. And perhaps the Russian Sputnik V isn’t as good as claimed.

    I really never imagined when faced with a deadly pandemic, people would be so resistant to take precautions to remain alive, or to protect others from the disease.

  4. just nutha says:

    @Kathy: Certainly I didn’t expect people to be so resistant either. Then again, I never expected The Virtue of Selfishness to be considered as a serious entrant for a workable lifestyle/philosophy either.

  5. gVOR08 says:

    The tabs must flow.

    I take it that’s a riff on The Roads Must Roll?

  6. @gVOR08: Dune ref: “the spice must flow.”