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Today’s Key Points Show Reasons to Continue Cautions

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Today’s Key Points Show Reasons to Continue Cautions

Although CDC has published updated school guidance permitting 3-foot distancing in the schools, there are a number of caveats that are important to know:

  • The update is relevant only to elementary schools.
  • At least 3 feet of physical distancing is considered sufficient when masks are worn properly.
  • 6 feet is still required when students are not wearing masks – e.g. while eating lunch.
  • 6 feet is still recommended for middle schools and high schools in areas with high community transmission unless students can cohort in small groups.
  • The considerations are meant to supplement – not replace – any Federal, state, local, territorial, or tribal law.
  • The guidance also provides a lowest to highest risk categorization of school classes, activities, and events.

The news on the variant front also is continuing to inform caution in reducing cautionary measures with findings that the risk of death from the B117 variant, first detected in the U.K., is significantly higher (67%) than the previous dominant strains.

So even as vaccines continue to roll out – with AstraZeneca planning to seek FDA emergency use authorization in the coming weeks based on its U.S. trial showing it to be 79% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100% effective in stopping severe disease and hospitalization, with “no increased risk” of blood clots – there are indicators that we need to continue to be cautious, maintain preventive measures, and encourage vaccinations.

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