The Idaho Falls District 91 School Board of Trustees meeting became heated Tuesday afternoon during a discussion on masks.
The board spoke about bringing all students back to school five days a week rather than the current schedule of meeting in-person Monday through Thursday. The topic then turned to masks.
“The CDC is recommending that all phases of schools reopening, no matter what the community transmission is like, (is) to continue masking so you can stay in school,” Board of Trustees Chair Lara Hill said. “If our goal is to educate our children in our district and keep them in school now for five days a week, which I think is fantastic, then I believe masking universally where you cannot maintain social distancing needs to happen.”
Trustee Paul Haacke then asked Hill how many times the CDC has visited Idaho Falls School District 91. Trustee Elizabeth Cogliati said the CDC doesn’t visit any school district.
“Exactly. That’s my point. They are creating regulations…,” Haacke responded before Cogliati interrupted.
“You interrupted me, Paul! You interrupted me! Please do not interrupt me!” she yelled.
Haacke told Cogliati to “go ahead.” She went on to explain that the district should follow CDC recommendations to require face coverings as Cogliati appeared to have trouble breathing underneath her mask.
“So you want to pick and choose…” Haacke questioned.
“Yes, I do! Yes, I do want to pick and choose!” Cogliati yelled back at him.
What is interesting is the fact that Cogliati almost passed out while wearing the face mask.
The board ultimately voted to keep the mask mandate in place with Haacke being the only trustee opposed to the idea. The group also decided to switch from four days a week in-person learning to five beginning on March 8.
There is no official evidence that a mask reduces oxygen levels in a person’s blood. However, when you wear a mask, particularly if you have an N95 mask, it can make you feel like it is more difficult to catch your breath.
Instead of a mask reducing the oxygen level in your blood, a mask offers some resistance to the usual way of breathing, making it seem more difficult to catch your breath. The feeling is more a psychological one than a physical problem with breathing, according to medical personnel.
Texas A&M University-Texarkana virologist Ben Neuman told PolitiFact that a mask “will add some resistance to the breathing process, meaning it may feel like it takes a bit more work to take a breath, but it won’t materially change the makeup of air that comes through the mask.”
In the video above, however, the woman almost passed out, whether it was all in her head or the lack of oxygen we gonna let you to decide.