CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Dr Clay Marsh, the West Virginia coronavirus czar, discussed guidelines for wearing masks in schools for the upcoming school year at a press conference Tuesday after -midday.
Dr Marsh says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that if people have been fully immunized and wait two weeks, they are not required to wear a mask. However, if you cannot determine vaccination status in a classroom setting and the prevalence of COVID-19 is high, it is reasonable for everyone to wear a mask.
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both suggest a three-foot distance in the classroom.
The CDC recommends testing once a week for those who aren’t vaccinated and twice a week for athletes.
Dr Marsh said that “many children can learn … to wear a mask quite comfortably”, but it might be more difficult for some children. However, Dr Marsh said he would very strongly recommend that parents watch unvaccinated children as they would before vaccines were available.
He said health officials recommend physical distancing, hand washing, cough blanket and not going out if you’re sick.
It is also important that parents and others in children’s environments are fully immunized, Dr. Marsh says, as parents protect children by being fully immunized themselves. The most important mitigation parents can take is getting vaccinated and making sure other family members who are around children are also vaccinated, Dr Marsh said.
The governor of justice said he believed the discussion of schools requiring masks was “far too premature”. At this point, the governor said there had been no one to tell him they were going to force students to wear masks. He says it will fit into the decision-making model and that there is a lot of local control for the districts. However, if school were to start today, the governor of justice says he doesn’t think there would be masks on the students.
This is a developing story.
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