KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Sending children back to school unmasked is a “recipe for disaster,” according to a doctor at Children’s Mercy.
Dr. Angela Myers, Head of Infectious Diseases, told reporters on Tuesday that the COVID-19 delta variant is spreading “at the moment unchecked in our community”, while there is a likelihood that the students will return to the classroom without masks.
“What I can say is that wearing a mask prevents the spread of disease and is even more important than being aloof, which is why the CDC wrote their guidelines as they did,” Myers said.
COVID-19 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Transmission prevention guide states that students should keep a minimum distance of 3 feet indoors and students who are not fully vaccinated should wear masks.
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“If it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, for example if schools cannot reopen fully while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to use several other prevention strategies, such as
The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Board of Education is is expected to discuss the masking requirements at his meeting on Tuesday night during the North Kansas City Schools canceled his mask mandate in June.
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment published his recommendation last week students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 wear masks.
According to Myers, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher today than it was a few months ago due to the more highly transmissible Delta variant.
“We keep making a virus because of the transmission. Because we let it circulate, because we let it grow and divide, it becomes more and more contagious, ”she said.
When students were masked in the classroom last year, Myers said there was “little to no transmission” even when social distancing couldn’t be maintained.
While some school districts are running proactive COVID-19 tests, which both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend, Myers suggested parents should screen for symptoms as well.
11 children were being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital Tuesday morning, Myers said. Some have underlying illnesses while others are “healthy, normal” children, she said.
“It’s certainly been an increase in the last few weeks,” said Myers. “We weren’t at our peak here in late December or early January, but we’re seeing the wrong direction here. We are on the way up, not on the way down. “