UPDATED 7:00 PM PT – Monday, July 19, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci has pushed for young to children to wear face masks as school look to reopen nationwide. Earlier on Monday, the nation’s chief medical advisor stood beside the American Academy of Pediatrics who recommended schools could require young children as young as three-years-old to mask up indoors, regardless of their vaccination states.
The move by AAP comes in stark contrast to the most recent wave of reopening across the country amid a downward trend in cases. Nonetheless, Fauci said the decision was totally acceptable.
“So, I think that the American Academy of Pediatrics, you know, they’re a thoughtful group,” he stated. “They analyze the situation and if they feel that’s the way to go, I think that’s the reasonable thing to do.”
The AAP strongly recommends in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year and urges all who are eligible to be vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. Read more here: https://t.co/58L7GpE1JK pic.twitter.com/0BnvqVFpbh
— American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) July 19, 2021
Fauci went on to acknowledge the recommendations set out by AAP directly conflicted with the CDC’s updated guidelines. He added the healthy agency could give room for local agencies to make their own judgment call on health guidelines.