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The CDC’s latest school guidelines are not perfect, but they’re better than expected

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The new guidelines for school reopenings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are much better than expected. They balance the need for getting students back to full-time, in-person instruction with the reality that covid-19 remains a danger for unvaccinated children.

In recent weeks, I’ve been concerned that the CDC had thrown caution to the wind with decisions that resulted in the precipitous removal of mask mandates. I did not agree with its decision to stop tracking mild breakthrough infections and to not recommend testing vaccinated people exposed to the coronavirus. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that this new guidance requires continued mitigation practices, with an emphasis on masking and testing.

Specifically, the CDC says that unvaccinated children two years of age and older should continue to wear masks indoors. This practice is consistent with what the science shows: Unvaccinated people remain at high risk for contracting and spreading covid-19. Given that the delta variant, the most contagious strain of the virus yet, now dominates the United States, indoor masking for unvaccinated individuals should continue for the foreseeable feature.

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