May 16, 2021 - Health

CDC says schools should still universally require masks and physical distancing

Kids at Sunkist Elementary School in Anaheim, CA wear masks and physically distance while in class.
Kids at Sunkist Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif. wear masks and physically distance while in class. Photo: Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance for K-12 schools Saturday, noting that reopened schools should "require universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing."

Why it matters: The clarification comes after the CDC's announcement Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or physically distance indoors or outdoors.

Of note: On Friday, NIAID director Anthony Fauci said that children younger than 12 probably won't be vaccinated until the end of 2021, and will need to wear masks at school this fall.

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