Ever since Dr. Leana Wen went from being Planned Parenthood’s president to CNN’s medical analyst, we’ve gotten some amazing takes on the COVID-19 pandemic, and recently we’ve been seeing some sharp pivots. Wen is the one who recently told CNN that the cloth masks kids had been wearing to school for two years were “little more than facial decoration.” Now she’s sharing with CNN a study suggesting that closing schools during the pandemic affected cognitive and motor development in preschoolers.

But teachers were writing their own obituaries and parading cardboard coffins down the street when it was first suggested they drop virtual learning and go back to the classroom. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote a column about teachers appearing disproportionately in COVID-19 obituaries, a claim the Post later said was Milbank’s “subjective interpretation.”


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