Children don’t need to wear masks or follow strict social distancing when they return to school: SickKids experts

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Children wearing face shields sit in class at Kinugawa Elementary School on June 3, 2020 in Nikko, Japan. Carl Court/Getty Images

Fisman said there is no basis for that statement.

“If you wanted to create super-spreader events, the way to do it would be to gather large groups indoors and have them sing, as this document appears to countenance,” he said.

Some research in recent weeks, though, has downplayed the likelihood of children being a major vector for the disease. A paper by British scientists, citing in part family clusters of cases where children were rarely the instigator, concluded that “at the current time, children do not appear to be super spreaders.”

An Australian report last month on the experience in re-opened schools there found few cases and no evidence of students passing the disease to adults, suggesting “children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 spread.”

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