American Academy of Pediatrics: Every student should wear masks in school this Fall

All children over the age of 2 should wear masks when returning to school this year, regardless of vaccination status, according to new guidelines released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“The AAP believes that, at this point in the pandemic, given what we know about low rates of in-school transmission when proper prevention measures are used, together with the availability of effective vaccines for those age 12 years and up, that the benefits of in-person school outweigh the risks in all circumstances,” the guidance says.

Earlier this month, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings.

As for children under two-years-old, the AAP has not changed its guidance; stating is dangerous for newborns and infants to wear masks because they pose a risk of suffocation.

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