Jul 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pediatric group recommends universal masking of students this fall

Children retrieve bagged lunches in their classroom

Children retrieve bagged lunches in their classroom in Columbia, Miss. Photo: Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday there should be "universal masking" of students older than 2 years old when school returns, regardless of vaccination status.

The big picture: The AAP says they are making the recommendation because a "significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines," and if masks are used, "opening schools generally does not significantly increase community transmission."

  • In addition to universal masking, the APP recommends that more COVID-19 testing and mental health resources be made available.
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