How mask mandates, high vaccination rates could protect Quebec children from the delta variant – CBC

While pediatric hospitals fill up in parts of the U.S., Quebec’s kids are headed back to school unmasked

Aug 19, 2021

In parts of the United States, particularly in areas where vaccination rates are low and public health measures are non-existent, hospitals are filling up with kids sick with COVID-19.

Now, with the delta variant quickly spreading in Quebec, parents here are preparing to send their children back to primary and high school with no masks required in class.

The decision, announced last week by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, is worrying some medical experts.

“Masks did work at preventing transmission in previous waves,” said Dr. Olivier Drouin, a pediatrician at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital and a public health researcher.

“I think we should err on the side of caution: have kids start the year with masks[in class], and then remove them if we see we are going in the right direction.”

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