Teachers and students who have received full immunization against the coronavirus will no longer be required to use chinstrap in educational establishments since this fall in the United States, as announced this Friday by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the agencies of the country’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The decision comes in an encouraging outlook in which children from 12 years They can now participate in the national vaccination campaign, while the number of internees and deaths as a result of Covid-19 continues to decline.
However, apart from the positive advances in recent days, there is a fin in front of the worrying increase in cases of the delta variant, which already represents more than 50 percent of infections nationwide.
The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, explained that the infected products of the delta variant reach the 80 percent of all cases in some areas with a low average vaccination rate, such as the Midwest region of the country.
“We are in a new tipping point of the pandemic that excites us all ”, remarked Erin Sauber-Schatz, head of the CDC commission, who explained that the update of the measures is intended to“ help keep children in the classroom, as well as to participate in sports or extracurricular activities”.
He also recommended that schools not force teachers and students to be immunized against the virus.
On the other hand, the social distance of one meter between classroom desks, although it will no longer be a mandatory requirement for vaccinated students.
Faced with this situation, Elizabeth Stuart, professor of public health at John Hopkins University, questioned: “That some children wear masks and others would not generate a very strange social dynamic And who would be in control? Teachers should not be controlling which children they wear masks ”.
“The guide is written to allow flexibility at the local level,” added Sauber-Schatz.
California opposes the new measures
The new measures released by the CDC are about recommendations, not impositions. Therefore, each state has the power to make its own decisions regarding the management of the pandemic in schools.
In that sense, California will continue to require the use of the chinstrap in both students and teachers, regardless of whether they received both doses of the coronavirus vaccines.
This was reported this Friday by the secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, Mark Ghaly, through a statement in which he clarified that the mask “is an intervention simple and effective”.
In addition, the official pointed out that respecting the use of the chinstrap “will help (students and teachers) to enter school without worrying about whether they will feel different or whether they will feel selected for being vaccinated or not vaccinated.”
“Treat all children the same it will promote a calm and supportive school environment ”, he closed.