Health organizations ask all wv schools to require masks | WDVM25 and DCW50

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HURRICANE, WV (WOWK) – Several West Virginia health organizations have written an open letter to schools, urging them to demand masks as the number of COVID-19 cases rises and the Delta variant spreads.

The group of organizations says that in order to ensure safe in-person learning, public and private schools must implement universal mask wear.

In the letter, the organizations cite guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which state that all students and staff must wear masks regardless of their immunization status. .

“A return to in-person learning is vital for the development of our children and adolescents, but as the Delta variant spreads, it is essential that we take all possible measures to protect students and school staff from COVID -19 when they go back to school, ”said Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP, president of the West Virginia section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She added that “although the COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective method we have to prevent COVID-19, it is not yet available for children under the age of 12, so wearing the masking by all students and staff is a critical strategy to include with other schools. COVID-19 prevention measures. “


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