PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As of Monday, many students at local schools now have the opportunity to leave the mask at home.
This comes after the CDC and some school districts eased their restrictions on face masks.
According to the North Hills School District, students will not be required to wear masks in buildings, on school buses and vans. This change echoes what many schools across the country are doing. Schools like Deer Lakes, Elizabeth Forward and Gateway have all implemented additional camouflage.
Infectious disease experts say it makes sense. The CDC says that if hospitalizations are high, masks need to be done indoors. Currently in the Pittsburgh area hospitalization has been reduced, which means camouflage may be optional.
Dr Amesh Adal, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University, says the CDC should stop implementing all recommendations based on the number of COVID-19 cases.
“I think this guide makes sense. It really reflects where we are going with this pandemic, if we focus much more on serious diseases than on all diseases for all cases,” Dr. Adalia said.
“I think it’s time for schools to move on to mitigating the effects of COVID, but I think changing the CDC’s instructions is a good time for that,” Dr. Adalia added.
Dr. Adal says that if people fall into a vulnerable population, they should continue to wear masks – adding that when people fall into a vulnerable population, they should continue to wear masks.
He also says a new change in leadership could lead to an increase in cases in schools, but says schools should be fine.
Click here to access KDKA’s comprehensive guide on what policies and requirements have been issued for each school district in our district.