Since a large proportion of the students are not yet eligible for a vaccination, these doctors say that mask requirements are “essential” to protect the unvaccinated.
TOLEDO, Ohio – EDITORS NOTE: The attached video originally aired on August 7, 2021.
Doctors from the Toledo area released an open letter to all school principals on Wednesday urging them to put in place universal masking as the state continues to fight COVID-19.
The letter includes recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that “all students over the age of 2 and all school staff should wear face masks in school (unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit them.) Use).”
With a large portion of the student population unselected for vaccination, these doctors say mask requirements are “essential” to protect unvaccinated students and reduce transmission of the virus.
They also expressed concern about the COVID-19 variants, particularly Delta, which have been shown to spread more easily among children, adolescents and adults. Due to its high viral load, the delta variant seems to be transmissible even by vaccinated people.
“We are joining the AAP by strongly advocating that all policy considerations for back-to-school plans amid COVID-19 should begin with the goal of keeping students safe and physically present in school,” it said in the letter.
The letter went on to highlight the importance of face-to-face learning, claiming that there is already evidence that school closings have negatively impacted children over the past year.
The universal masking, according to the doctors, keeps students and staff healthy and greatly reduces the number of students and staff in quarantine.
The letter claims that masking recommendations are nowhere near as effective as a universal mask requirement.
“It’s back to school, and with many of us having friends and family in schools, we know that“ strong recommendations ”about wearing masks do not result in the universal masking needed to keep the rise in COVID-19 in Our schools minimize community, “the letter said.” Optional masking is not enough, as masks are most effective when worn by everyone. Families, students and employees should not be given the option to mask themselves if that choice endangers the health of those around them. “
The letter ended with a plea to those eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as these doctors say this is “the best way for us to stop the transmission of COVID-19 in the future”.
You can read the full letter below and who signed it: