CDC 520 U.S. County analyzes have found a rapid increase in the number of children in places where the requirement for school masks has not been made mandatory, the Washington Post reported.
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A separate report on Arizona’s two most populous counties revealed that schools without the need for masks are 3.5 times more likely to have outbreaks than schools with them. The opening of the school for the new academic year has already shown signs of transmission among the children.
Between August 1 and mid-September, more than 1,000,000 students in 44 states were shut down, the CDC report said.
For about 17 percent of U.S. counties, pediatrics have increased since schools reopened. And counties without the need for masks have grown even more – in about 18 cases per 100,000 – compared to staying with them. In most of the counties where the CDC studied, about 62 percent did not have a school mask, the report said.
Although “the results may not be generalizable”, “the need for school masks, including other prevention strategies, including the Covid-1 vaccine, is important to reduce the spread of Covid-1 of in schools,” the CDC said.
Although surveys show that most parents support the need for masks – and despite the recommendations of pediatricians and the CDC – schools are bitterly divided over whether to apply them. Opponents of the mask order say parents must decide whether their children will wear them, the report said.
Various studies have shown evidence supporting the effectiveness of masks in reducing the spread of coronavirus, including in children and schools. In July, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended universal masking in schools to protect against more contagious delta variants. In North Carolina, researchers closely monitored 100 school districts with the March to June mask order found very few infections in schools.
The new CDC report, despite its limitations, represents “a meaningful contribution” to the existing body of research, citing Danny Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at Duke University.
“This is the first publication to study the Delta variant in American schools that compares schools with and without mask policy,” Benjamin said.
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