Scientists Warn It May Be Years Before Students Can Return to School Without Masks, Social Distancing - Kashmir Student Alerts

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Scientists Warn It May Be Years Before Students Can Return to School Without Masks, Social Distancing

Scientists Warn It May Be Years Before Students Can Return to School Without Masks, Social Distancing

As schools consider whether it’s safe to reopen this fall, medical experts warn it could take years before students and teachers can return to in-person education safely without masks, social distancing and other measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Experts say it may take a couple of years before students can resume classes without the risk of an outbreak, especially among grade-school children. They say a combination of herd immunity, a coronavirus vaccine and hygienic practices are needed to bring the virus down to low enough levels and allow schools to safely return to normal.

“You’re really going to need all three moving forward,” said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.