On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released three studies that show that COVID-19 infections were more pervasive in areas that did not require masks in schools.
Further evidence is provided by the studies that support the CDC’s recommendation to teachers, staff, and students to wear masks while in school.
One of the studiesIn Arizona, a study found that schools that didn’t require universal masking were three times as likely to be affected by a COVID-19-related outbreak than those that required masks.
A second study It was found that COVID-19 incidences among children were half as high in counties that required school masks than in those without. The pediatric case rate in counties that required masks at schools was 16.32 per 100, compared with 34.85 in those that didn’t require them.
A third study concluded that 1,801 schools across the country have had to close at some point this school year due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Highest number of schools were closed in the South where more government have taken steps to reduce the use of masks at schools.
The CDC stated Friday that 96% schools in the country were able to continue open for learning in person during the 2021-22 school years.
“These studies continue to demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of CDC’s Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools to help districts ensure safer in-person learning and stop the spread of COVID-19,” the agency said in a statement. Promoting vaccination, mask wearing and screening testing are all proven ways to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.