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CDC recommends US schools continue to use masks

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CDC recommends US schools continue to use masks

NOW VACCINATED. Lilly Gorman, 15, left, Croix Hill, 15 and Ava Kreutziger, 14, talk with the media after the Isidore Newman School students received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ochsner Center for Primary Care and Wellness in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, on May 13, 2021.

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All kindergarten through grade 12 schools are told to 'prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing'

Schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the 2020 to 2021 academic year as all students will not be fully vaccinated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday, May 15.

The CDC in its latest guidance said all kindergarten through grade 12 schools “should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.”

The recommendation comes after the agency on Thursday, May 13, said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places.

The CDC said masks should be worn at all times by all people in school facilities and buses, while maintaining a six-foot distance between teachers and students. Earlier this month, US regulators authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12 years old. – Rappler.com