A group of pediatricians across the state is urging all children to wear masks during the upcoming school year.
The Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics released a release Thursday urging “universal use of masks and physical distancing” as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the state.
The recommendation includes the use of masks by students, teachers and staff.
“Making should complement the continuation of testing protocols in schools to reduce the spread of infection,” the statement said in part.
The organization said the use of face masks is necessary as children aged 12 and under cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine and are unlikely to be eligible “until winter 2021,” the statement said.
It also recommends vaccines for all eligible children, teachers and staff.
Thursday’s statement comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised their guidelines and recommended that all teachers, staff and students at K-12 schools wear masks, even if they have been vaccinated.
Before the CDC change, the national American Academy of Pediatrics released similar updated guidelines on masking.
Florida cases continue to rise as a result of the delta variant, with the CDC reporting 17,589 new COVID-19 cases and 56 deaths reported Thursday by the federal show of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has continued to push back the idea of mandatory face masks.
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