OU Pediatric Specialist Recommends Students Wear Masks In School

A pediatric specialist for OU Health said an increase in COVID-19 cases and the threat of the new delta variant are some of the reasons students must wear masks to start the upcoming school year.

In this week’s Healthier Oklahoma Coalition, Dr. Donna Tyungu agreed with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for students and teachers to wear a mask when students return to school. dr. Tyungu also said schools should take measures similar to last year’s to help limit the spread of the virus.

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is only available to people 12 years and older, said Dr. Tyungu that unvaccinated children remain a major concern. She said even students who have been vaccinated are still required to wear masks because of the threat of breakthrough infections.

dr. Tyungu also said students should be in classrooms rather than learning through technology.

“I think we can all agree on the importance of school and that we need our kids in school, not learning by computers,” said Dr. Tyungu. “The best and safest way to do that is to make sure we don’t spread this potentially deadly disease through the schools.”

President Biden said this week that he expects the FDA to grant full authorization for the vaccine this fall. OU Chief COVID Officer Dr. Dale Bratzler is expected to discuss the delta variant and children later on Thursday.

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