Cerebrum Spring 2021

I N THE SUMMER OF 2020, AS SCHOOL DISTRICTS AROUND the country were announcing mask mandates as part of their plans to safely re-open schools in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a series of memes made the rounds on social media. While their content and images varied, the basic messaging of these posts was the same: Seeing others wearing masks would be detrimental to a student’s development. In fact, these alarming missives asserted, masking rules could lead to permanent psychological and social damage for kids across the globe. Experts weigh in on the impact mask- wearing may have on children's education, mental health, and brain development B Y K A Y T S U K E L I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y O R I T O O R



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