NYC health commissioner sparks fury as he says kids under five should remain masked INDEFINITELY

New York City’s new health commissioner sparked outrage after announcing that children aged five and under should wear face masks indefinitely, bucking the national trend of ditching masks and going in the face of vast evidence that kids are at little risk from Covid-19.

‘I think it’s indefinite at this point,’ Dr. Ashwin Vasan said Friday during a COVID-19 briefing in Queens. ‘People who have tried to predict what’s going to happen in the future in this pandemic have repeatedly found egg on their face, as they say, and I’m not going to do that here today.’

The woke commissioner, who lives in Brooklyn with his partner and three children, including a four-year-old son, argued he wanted to mask children because under fives are not vaccinated.

‘As a father of a two-and-a-half-year old-and two other older kids, I want to keep them as safe as possible. I would love nothing more than to send my son to daycare without a mask,’ Vasan said, according to CBS New York

‘But as a scientist, and as a doctor, and an epidemiologist, I want to keep him safe because he’s not eligible for a vaccine.’ 

NYC's new health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, thinks that children ages five and under should continue wearing face masks indefinitely despite by the nationwide trend to lift pandemic-era mandates

NYC’s new health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, thinks that children ages five and under should continue wearing face masks indefinitely despite by the nationwide trend to lift pandemic-era mandates

The commissioner, who has a four-year-old son, argued that unmasking is not safe for those who are unvaccinated

The commissioner, who has a four-year-old son, argued that unmasking is not safe for those who are unvaccinated

From supporting Critical Race Theory and BLM, to blaming climate change for mental health issues: The bizarre woke tweets of Dr Ashwin Vasan

New York City’s new health commissioner Ashwin Vasan’s hyper progressive liberal tweets, which show his support for critical race theory, BLM and vaccinating young children have been laid bear. 

Critical Race Theory 

‘First they came for Critical Race Theory, now they’re coming for mental health and suicide prevention programs when we are literally in the midst of a national children’s mental health emergency? Absurd doesn’t begin to define this logic,’ he tweeted in November 2021.


He cautioned people against using the terms ‘addict’ alleging they are ‘stigmatizing to the lived experience’ of people facing those struggles.

In October 2021 he also called to stop  jailing offenders with mental illnesses and suggested criminals get ‘the resources they need to thrive in their communities.’ 


In May 2021, he posted: ‘While some progress has been made in the last year, including the conviction of George Floyd’s murderer, it’s not enough. We still have a long way to go to ensure that Black Lives Matter is not just a slogan, but a governing philosophy reinforced by substantive policy reforms at all levels of government.’ 

Later that year, he called out apparent ‘racist attacks’ that took place at Fountain House and Body in NYC.

‘What was once a safe space for people living with mental illness has become dangerous because of the hate that resides in our city and in our nation. I’m tired…we’re tired, of this hate. But we’re not giving up the fight. Stand with us in solidarity and in the knowledge that #BlackLivesMatter.’


Vasan has advocated for vaccinating young children against COVID and in October 2021 applauded Pfizer’s move to seek FDA approval for child vaccines.  

‘More good news for kids (and parents!): Pfizer is seeking authorization from the FDA for use in children 5-11,’ he wrote. ‘Will definitely be breathing easier once my kids are able to get vaccinated.’

Climate change 

He also argued that climate change negatively impacts mental health, tweeting in November 2021: ‘The mental health impacts of #climatechange cannot be understated. 

‘Constantly being on the precipice of disaster and irreversible changes to our planet lead to trauma, PTSD, depression, etc. and we are not equipped to handle it.’


Vasan claimed that the government, and not individuals were to blame for homelessness.

‘Homelessness is not an individual failing,’ he argued. ‘It is a failure of our government’s responsibility to ensure housing is a human right and to keep our most vulnerable safe.’ 

His comments sparked fear and fury among frustrated New York parents who face having to force their young children to keep wearing a mask in the face of mounting evidence that they are at little risk. 

It also comes as every state, including California which ended its mandate last week, has lifted or announced plans to lift masking requirements in schools. 

The lone holdout is Hawaii, which is dropping its indoor mask mandate on March 26 but expected to extend the requirement for schools. 

New York state and city also lifted school mask mandates earlier this mont

Vasan is the latest woke addition to new Mayor Eric Adams’ collection of progressive leaders, among whom include soft-on-crime District Attorney Alvin Bragg. 

Adams has appointed Vasan to address the pandemic, but the pair have seemingly opposing viewpoints on COVID related issues after the mayor told a group of angry parents who confronted him Thursday, that he planned to lift the mask mandates for children. 

Vasan is the city’s 44th health commissioner, replacing Dr. Dave Chokshi, who recently stepped down from the role.

Friday’s remarks were made during his first-ever COVID press conference and have been met with anger online by many who accused him of ‘torturing children’. 

‘It should be us as parents choice if we want our children to wear a mask. Worry about the crime rate in NYC & not our children,’ Kimberly Raimondo stated.  

‘Why are we masking the little ones ? That’s child abuse,’ questioned Dawn Doccola. 

‘Really pathetic these corrupt pols (sic) just can’t let it go. Already proven to not work and actually makes things worse,’ wrote Dimitrios Skaliotis. 

The push to rescind mandates comes amid debate over the BA.2 variant of COVID, a sub-variant of the Omicron.

‘Currently there’s no evidence that BA.2 causes more severe illness, increases risks of hospitalization or that our current vaccines offer less protection against it, but we continue to monitor this,’ Vasan said, according to The New York Daily News.

He added: ‘We are tracking these variants very closely.’  

Vasan also said he doesn’t plan to drop the city’s workplace vaccine mandate anytime soon. 

However, despite his push for continuing mandates, the woke epidemiologist did note that restrictions are taking a toll on residents and reminded them to prioritize their mental health – a topic the doctor is apparently passionate about.

‘We’ve all been through so much over these past few years and continuing coverage adds to strain of wellbeing,’ Vasan said, encouraging New Yorkers to seek help from mental health professionals if needed.

Last weekend, New York saw a spike in positive cases, which experts are attributing to the BA.2 sub-variant.  

COVID cases more than doubled across the state this week with the positivity rate jumping from 1.45 percent on March 14 to 3.75 percent a day later. 

As of Friday, the state’s seven-day average positivity rate now stands at 1.76 percent. There were 2,089 new COVID cases statewide reported on Friday and 16 deaths. 

Children are NOT at serious risk from Covid, multiple studies show 

Multiple studies have shown young children are not at serious risk from Covid-19.

Data from from American Academy of Pediatrics shows children accounted for about 19 percent of all COVID cases, but less than 0.26% of cases resulted in death. 

A study from October found that around half of pediatric Covid cases are asymptomatic, and that was before the more mild Omicron variant became dominant in the U.S. 

Hospitalizations of pediatric COVID patients are also rare. 

A study in February, found the Pfizer vaccine was only 12% effective at preventing Omicron in five- to 11- year-olds. 

The main argument in favor of vaccinating children is to prevent them from spreading the virus but researchers from University of Berlin found, on average, children release less Covid particles into the air. Experts believe people who release lower amounts of aerosol particles when speaking have smaller viral loads, which also means they do not spread the virus at the same level. 

Overall, New York has reported 4,935,921 positive COVID cases and 67,191 deaths over the course of the pandemic.

Governor Kathy Hochul also announced Friday that COVID hospitalizations across New York – which total at 978 – are at the lowest its been since early August. Only 157 patients were in intensive care.

Vasan, a primary care physician with twenty years in the medical field, epidemiologist and public health expert, has been tasked to address pandemic management and recovery. 

He also works on chronic disease prevention, ‘health equity’ and mental health. 

The public health expert spent nearly a decade expanding HIV treatment access in developing nations.

Most recently he served as President and CEO of Fountain House, one the largest mental health charities in the world.  

He also served on staff at
the Columbia University Mailman College of Public Health since 2014, focusing on the implementation of science and global health.

Additionally, he worked at the  College of Physicians and Surgeons providing care for low-income, Medicaid/Medicare or uninsured patients from Washington Heights, Harlem, and the South Bronx.  

The newly minted health commissioner’s comments comes just one day after Mayor Adams was confronted by a group  angry parents.

He ended up promising to life the mask mandate for children.

‘I got this. They’ll be unmasked,’ Adams said Thursday, however he did not indicate when the unmasking would occur. 

Adams’ visit to the pub was marred by multiple parents demanding to know when their young children would be allowed to remove the face coverings they must still wear at school.     

'They'll be unmasked' Adams tells a parent who asks about the mask mandate for children 5 and under. 'I got this' the mayor said

A dad with his daughter was told to set a better example for the child after the man questioned Mayor Eric Adams about his 5 and under mask requirement

Eric Adams is filmed telling a NYC dad to stop yelling in front of his daughter after being confronted about when under-5s would be unmasked in the city  

New York City Mayor Eric Adams waves off questions from frustrated parents asking when he's going to lift the mask mandate for children 5 years old and under

Maria Kubak, 36, who's son suffers from a speech phobia worries that the mayor's mask mandate will do permanent damage to her son's language abilities

Maria Kubak, 36, is pictured confronting Adams about her son, who suffers from a speech phobia. He replied by telling the mom that he too is a father – even though his son is now 26 and unaffected by the face-covering mandate 

Masks harm children’s developmental and social health and are relatively ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, studies show

A January study showed masks make it 20% more difficult for children to recognize faces and, in turn, could affect their ability to socialize and make friends, a fear that is echoed by parents worldwide. 

‘[This] could impair children’s ability to navigate through social interactions with their peers and teachers, and this could lead to issues forming important relationships,’ said Dr. Erez Freud, who led the study. ‘Given the importance of faces to social interactions, this is something we need to pay attention to.’  

The team recruited 72 children aged six to 14, who were presented with images of faces with or without masks, both upright and inverted. 

Results also showed that children process faces differently when looking at a masked, and unmasked face.

Usually, humans process faces as a whole, rather than by their individual features – known as holistic processing. However, the researchers found that when children looked at masked faces, they became more analytical, focusing on individual features.

‘Not only do masks hinder the ability of children to recognize faces, but they also disrupt the typical, holistic way that faces are processed,’ Freud said. 

Other experts argued masking children is ineffective without medical grade masks. 

Dr. Jennifer Knips, Internal Medicine Specialist and mother of four, echoed the assertion in a Time Magazine op-ed last month: ‘More and more experts have concluded that the evidence for masks in schools doesn’t hold up to scru
tiny. Many students wear cloth masks that provide little to no protection.’

‘There are several studies that show a minimal reduction in COVID-19 transmission with masks in schools, but the results were not statistically significant.’

They must continue to wear the face coverings because COVID vaccines haven’t been approved for under-five’s, even though youngsters have been shown to be at extremely low risk from serious COVID infections.   

Maria Kubak, 36, a financial professional, and another mom waited inside the Pig & Whistle bar where Adams enjoyed an early morning pint of Guinness before the St. Patrick’s Day parade to put the mayor on the spot about lifting the restriction for tykes and toddlers.

‘You want to be the mayor or you want me to be the mayor,’ he asked the concerned mothers.

‘I would love to hear from you,’ one says back to him.

‘I’m a dad too,’ he said.

Kubak, who has a three-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son, said she wanted to remind him that his 26-year-old son doesn’t have to wear a mask.

But he walked away before she had a chance.

‘I find that’s very condescending because, as a mother of toddlers, I’m asking a very valid question,’ she said.

Meanwhile, daily Covid cases have been falling for weeks in the U.S., but health officials warn that this could soon change based on wastewater data and the situation overseas, and as the Omicron ‘stealth’ variant now makes up 23 percent of all cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Tuesday that one third of wastewater sample sites showed a jump in cases during the first 10 days in March. 

It is most prevalent in New Jersey and New York, and Northeastern regions of the U.S., accounting for around 40 percent of cases in both designated areas.  

Stealth is not yet the dominant Covid strain anywhere in America, while it has taken over in many parts of Europe.  

According to Quinn, the variant accounts for about 30 percent of NYC's recent COVID cases

According to Quinn, the variant accounts for about 30 percent of NYC’s recent COVID cases

The BA.2 Omicron 'stealth' variant (pink) now makes up around 23% of U.S. COVID-19 cases, up from 11% last week and 6% the week before. The Omicron variant makes up every single sequence case in America

The BA.2 Omicron ‘stealth’ variant (pink) now makes up around 23% of U.S. COVID-19 cases, up from 11% last week and 6% the week before. The Omicron variant makes up every single sequence case in America

The stealth variant (pink) is most prevalent in the northeast and New York regions, making up around 40% of cases in each. The lineage is not dominant in any area of the U.S.

The stealth variant (pink) is most prevalent in the northeast and New York regions, making up around 40% of cases in each. The lineage is not dominant in any area of the U.S.