CDC: Studies show masks lessen school outbreaks

Group of children with face mask back at school after covid-19 quarantine and lockdown.
The agency is recommending masking for in-person classes.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from the new K-12 school year bolster the agency’s recommendation for masks in schools and in-person classes.

One study in two Arizona counties found coronavirus outbreaks were almost four times more common at public schools without mask mandates on the first day than at those that re-opened with a masking requirement.

Another study found case rates in children and teens increased more in U.S. counties where public schools had no mask mandates than in those where schools had that requirement. These studies lacked data on other measures that could have influenced the results.

A third study counted 1,801 coronavirus-related school closures through mid-September, most of them in the South, where many schools opened earlier than those in other regions.

Still, 96% of U.S. public schools have remained open with in-person classes, the researchers say, while acknowledging that data from some districts may be missing.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Alex

    September 24, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Far right republicans only believe what they “feel” is right.

    Facts, evidence, logic, experience and critical thinking are all lefty liberal, not like Republicans who “just know things” because they’re uneducated old white shitkickers with anger issues.

  • Howard

    September 29, 2021 at 11:00 am

    This article is posted as if there are sever outbreaks at schools. Less children die of Covid than there are children being shot i chicago.

    AP is doing this on purpose.

    • Alex

      September 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Only the dead ones count huh?

      Nevermind the ones going to the hospital because they can’t breathe due to all the nasty infected green bloody goop in their lungs, not to mention the permanent damage such a thing does to a child’s body.

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