Masking, particularly in schools, remains a contentious—and perplexing—issue as states ease Covid-19 requirements around the country.
As the cases of Coronavirus continue to decline, several schools across nation are now lifting the mask mandate. This draws like a breath of fresh air for students who had to otherwise keep their noses and mouths covered all the time. However, it has also raised a discourse among the concerned parents on how safe is it to end mask mandates in schools. This assumes more gravity in the backdrop of omicron variant , to which even the kids were not immune.
CDC Lifts Mask Mandates In Several States In Latest Advisory
While it is true that Covid-19 case rates are declining following the Omicron outbreak, the pandemic is far from ended, and the Biden administration and the CDC stated as recently as mid-February that lifting mask regulations in schools was premature. The CDC then lowered its masking guidelines in public spaces and schools in late February, based on a new county-level risk evaluation.
According to the newest CDC advice, wearing a mask in public indoor settings, including schools, is recommended in areas with “high” levels. If you’re at risk for Covid-19 and live in a location with “medium” levels, the CDC recommends speaking with your doctor about wearing a mask. There is no suggestion for mask use in locations with “low” Covid-19 community levels.
The CDC has also noted in the latest recommendation that anyone who wants to wear a mask should continue to do so.
Subsequently, schools are now doing away with the requirement of masks after this. ” Millions of youngsters in California, Oregon, and Washington will no longer be required to wear masks as a result of new indoor mask rules announced Monday.
It will be up to school districts to decide whether or not to follow state recommendations.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Sunday that the state’s masking requirements in schools would be lifted by March 2. For Connecticut, Monday was the first day of classes since the state ceased its school mask mandate.
Similar changes to school limitations have recently been implemented in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and other states. The statewide school mask rule will be withdrawn on Monday, according to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, however the nation’s third-largest district, Chicago, will continue to require masks to “maintain health and safety precautions.”
How Safe Is It For School Students?
The concerns remain intact and parents remain skeptical as several CDC studies issued in September 2021 emphasise the need of uniform masking, combined with other preventive methods, to curb the growth of Covid-19 infection in schools. Covid-19 occurrences were more prevalent in school districts that did not use a universal masking policy, according to the studies.
However, it’s worth noting that masks were just one of numerous mitigating strategies used, including vaccination and social isolation, making it difficult to estimate their effectiveness.
If you do not feel confident enough to let your kid unmask in school, then immunising yourself and your family is an empowering step toward feeling prepared to unmask, but if you aren’t at ease yet, it is alright for your children to wear masks.
As per Doctor Eugene Shapiro, a Yale Medicine pediatric infectious diseases specialist, right now, disease incidence is decreasing, but it could rise again in a month and a half. He was quoted by Yale Medicine as saying that it’s possible that a new variation will emerge and there’s just so much unpredictability, what works this week might not work next week.
Doctor Jaimie Meyer,a Yale Medicine infectious diseases expert was quoted by Yale Medicine as saying that at the end of the day, now is not the time to completely ditch masks.