Why do some people think that physician groups differ on mask guidance for school children?
The usual suspects?
Do Physician Groups Differ on Mask Guidance for School Children?
While the issue of wearing face masks has become needlessly politicized, do physician groups really offer different guidance about kids wearing masks?
Not surprisingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all kids who are older than two years of age wear a mask at school.
“The AAP recommends universal masking in school at this time…”COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools
In contrast, the CDC (which is not a physician group…) recommends “universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.”
“Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.”Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools
Oh wait, that’s the same guidance!
And predictably, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the only other physician group in Sharyl Attkisson‘s article, continues to push the idea that masks aren’t effective and goes so far as to scare people into thinking that it might not be safe to wear a face mask!
Of course, the AAPS is an outlier among physician groups.
What about the AMA?
“We strongly support the updated recommendations, which call for universal masking in areas of high or substantial COVID-19 transmission and in K-12 schools, to help reduce transmission of the virus. Wearing a mask is a small, but important protective measure that can help us all stay safer.”AMA statement on CDC’s updated mask guidance to combat COVID-19 spread
They support universal masking in schools, just like the AAP and CDC.
Sharyl Attkisson left the American Medical Association out of her article for some reason…
She also didn’t mention any of the other professional medical organizations that support universal masking to help keep schools open and kids safe and healthy.
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