Por Elisha Fieldstadt – NBC News
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended this Monday that all children older than 2 years wear face masks upon returning to schools in the fall, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this month, however, that vaccinated students do not have to wear masks in classrooms.
The AAP indicated that the universal use of face masks is necessary because much of the student population is not vaccinated And it is difficult for schools to determine who will be as new variants of the coronavirus emerge that could spread more easily in children.
“The combination of layers of protection that include vaccines, masks and clean hand hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone, “said the AAP, which also asked teachers and educational personnel to use masks regardless of whether they are vaccinated.
Children over the age of 12 are already eligible for vaccines against COVID-19 in the United States, and that the FDA announced last week that it may authorize emergency vaccines for under 12 in early to mid winter.
The universal use of masks too protect students and staff from other respiratory illnesses that could force them to stay home until they recover, the AAP said.
The pediatricians’ recommendation does not modify the guidance for children under 2 years of age, which stipulates that it is dangerous for newborns and babies to wear masks because they can pose a choking hazard, plus they may try to remove it, which actually increases your chances of contracting the virus.