Megyn Kelly, a journalist, expressed her anger on Saturday when she heard that her 10-year-old daughter’s school in Westchester, New York, asked players on its soccer team to wear masks for an upcoming outdoor game on Sunday. Temperatures were expected to reach 91 degrees Fahrenheit that afternoon, according to AccuWeather.
Kelly called the requirement “madness” and said she and her husband had “zero chance” of allowing their daughter to play, per a tweet posted Saturday morning.
Kelly had not provided an update on the issue as of Sunday morning. It was also unclear which school her daughter attended.
The majority of Twitter users who responded to Kelly’s tweet, including doctors and nurses, shared her anger.
A female high school junior in Oregon passed out right after winning an 800-meter race in 2:08:45 two months ago, apparently due to her mask, when the temperatures were still in the 60s and 70s.
“I felt like I just wasn’t being able to get a full breath. Multiple times of that happening, not being able to get enough air—I just felt super-dizzy, and then eventually passed out,” the student responded to local station KTVZ at the time.
The Oregon Health Authority had forced her to wear a mask, which she blamed for what had happened.
“In the past, this has never happened. Then this race that I was wearing a mask, it did happen, which I don’t think is a coincidence,” the student said.
Dave Turnbull, her coach, then petitioned the OHA to overturn their decision to protect his athletes’ welfare, sending the department photos of Williams “hitting the ground” due to the mask.
“I warned them of this in a meeting over a month ago. Respiration requirements in events from 400 [meters] to 3K are far too high for masks,” Turnbull explained.
“Moreover, carbon dioxide isn’t fully removed from the mask upon inhalation. The very reason we wear the masks to protect others is now a liability for the athlete when they increase respiration to the levels these athletes need,” he added.
About a week later, the OHA announced new guidance that “will allow people to take off face coverings when competing in non-contact sports outdoors and maintaining at least six feet of distance from others and the other virus protective protocols.”
The department added that athletes would need masks during training as well as before and after competitions.
Even though 51% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the CDC, and children being “at low risk of COVID-19 mortality,” per a study published in The Lancet, strict mask policies are still in place in some schools and school groups across the country.
“After a growing chorus of complaints from parents, players and coaches, the State of Rhode Island on Tuesday said it is dropping its requirement that young people wear masks while playing all outdoor sports,” The Providence Journal reported last week.
“Children attending summer camps will also be able to ditch their masks outdoors. It also means schoolchildren can take their masks off at recess. The new rules take effect Wednesday.”