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PHYSICIAN ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS CDC GUIDELINES ON MASKING, INCLUDING DECISION-MAKING BY SCHOOL BOARDS AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS | KMMO

The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) supports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) findings regarding the effectiveness of masks in reducing transmission of the COVID virus.

A press release says studies of masking in the community, homes, hospitals, schools, businesses and airlines show reduced transmission with increased masking. There is sufficient evidence that adults and school-aged children wearing masks are safe during daily life and school activities.

The MSMA also agrees with the recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which recommend a thoughtful community approach to learning in school. The CDC and AAP advise local school districts to monitor transmission and epidemics in the community, as well as immunization coverage and testing to guide decisions about COVID prevention strategies at school. The AAP and the CDC also recommend universal indoor masking by all students ages two and older, as well as staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of their immunization status.

The MSMA says it strongly supports these recommendations for the safety of children and staff in communities. MSMA supports decision making by school boards and local public health departments based on the presence and prevalence of COVID in their communities.

MSMA, the state’s largest professional association of physicians, residents, and medical students, is dedicated to protecting the public health and improving the medical profession in Missouri. For more information, visit www.msma.org.