- A new CDC report finds K-12 schools in two Arizona counties without mask requirements
- Of the 191 COVID-19 outbreaks, 59.2% were in schools without mandates, compared to 8.4% in those schools before the year began.
- Researchers claim this shows schools without masks have 3.5 times more outbreaks than schools with face covering requirements
- This comes just a week after a LA County study found low Covid transmission in schools and few outbreaks
- The study found that 0.5% of pupils and 0.7% have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past month and 0.2% of close contacts themselves have tested positive
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that schools that didn’t require masks had higher outbreaks of COVID-19 — despite a more recent study showing classrooms as frequent cases. was not linked to.
Federal Health Agency researchers looked at case rates in nearly 1,000 K-12 schools in Arizona that did not or did not require students to wear face coverings.
He said schools without masks had 3.5 times more outbreaks than schools that had such mandates.
This comes just a week after a study by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) published data showing Less than 0.1 percent of every student and staff member tested positive for the virus over the course of a month.
What’s more, only 0.2 percent of students or teachers who came in contact with a COVID patient later tested positive themselves.
A new CDC report looked at nearly 1,000 K-12 schools in two Arizona counties with and without masks. Image: Students arrive for the first day of school at Sesams Elementary School in Riverview, Florida in August 2021
Researchers claim this shows that schools without masks have 3.5 times more outbreaks than those that require face coverings (above)
Currently, the CDC recommends universal masking for all students and staff over the age of two, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
However, those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks outside, while those who have not yet received their shots are advised to be in crowded places.
For new report, published Friday, the CDC looks at schools for the 2021-22 school year in Maricopa and Pima counties in Arizona, which account for 75 percent of the state’s population.
Schools were divided into three categories: no mask required, early mask requirement and late mask requirement.
An initial mask requirement was defined as a rule that all students and workers wear masks indoors at all times when the school year begins.
A late façade requirement was defined as a similar rule, but was not established until the year began.
A total of 999 public, non-charter schools were analyzed between July 15, 2021 and August 31, 2021.
Of the schools, nearly half – 48 per cent – did not require masks, 21 per cent had an early requirement and 31 per cent had a late requirement.
During the study period, the CDC reports that there were 191 COVID-19 outbreaks in these schools.
Of the total 59.2 percent of Covid outbreaks, 113, were in schools without a mask requirement.
New data from the L.A. County Department of Public Health shows 1.5 million, or 0.5%, of a total of 7,995 students and 1,193 employees out of 157,000, or 0.7%, have tested positive for COVID-19, which officials say is a factor in this. there is evidence. Covid transmission in schools is low
Meanwhile, 62 outbreaks, 32.5 percent, were in schools with late mask requirements and 16 outbreaks, 8.4 percent, were in schools with early mask requirements.
After adjusting for factors such as zip codes and the number of students enrolled, the report claimed that counties were 3.5 times more likely to have an outbreak of COVID-19 if they did not have masks required at the start of school. .
The CDC said, “Universal masking is an important component in the recommended layered prevention strategy for schools, and this study demonstrates that when facemasks are used as part of the largest strategy, it can reduce the risk of COVID– 19 and prevent outbreaks in schools.” a statement.
However, this comes just a week after a LADPH report found that COVID-19 outbreaks in schools are not common with some students and teachers testing positive – and a small number of close contacts contracting the virus .
new statistics Published online found that, between August 15 and September 13, 7,995 students and 1,193 employees tested positive for COVID-19.
With more than 1.5 million students and 175,000 employees in county schools, that means 0.5 percent of children and 0.7 percent of workers have contracted the virus since schools reopened.
Additionally, a very small percentage of children have tested positive after coming into contact with infected persons.
According to LADPH, more than 30,000 students and staff were forced to quarantine for seven days after they came in contact with a patient.
However, only 63 of them tested positive themselves, which is equivalent to 0.2 per cent.
LADPH health officials say COVID-19 protocols followed by schools may be the reason for the low numbers, which include indoor masking and universal testing by the Los Angeles Unified School District.