Top US health authority backs schools reopening

Washington (AFP) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued new guidelines urging schools to reopen safely and as soon as possible, while offering a detailed plan for limiting the spread of Covid-19. The strategy emphasizes universal masking, handwashing, and disinfection, as well as contact tracing, but spent relatively little time on the subject of ventilation, despite this being the virus’ main transmission route. While it recommends vaccination for teachers and staff as soon as supply is available, it stops short of saying it is necessary — a divisive issue among…

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