Importance of Wearing Masks in Schools

risks of transmission
  • COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. 

    To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 

    More information here.

    Case Studies that show effectiveness of cloth coverings: https://bit.ly/38Z3oV3.

    List of National Organizations:

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
      • Advocates for universal face coverings in middle and high schools when not able to maintain a 6-foot distance. Children should wear face coverings when harms do not outweigh benefits.
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    • Department of Education
      • Recommends teaching and reinforcing use of cloth face coverings. Should be worn by staff and students and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
      • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.
      • Link
    • National Association of School Nurses
      • Support cloth face coverings in low risk situations where school personnel and students must interact, and physical distancing cannot always be maintained.
      • Link.

    List of Statwide Organizations:

    • Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians
      • A membership organization consisting of over 1,300 Family Physician members across the state of Nebraska
    • Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Nebraska Medical Association
      • Advocating for Physicians and the Health of all Nebraskans.
      • The NMA represents almost 3,000 physicians, residents and medical students across the state of Nebraska
    • Nebraska Nurses Association

    Resources

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