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Top Doc Urges COVID-Concerned Parents To Send Kids To School In Masks

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, incoming director of Ohio Dept of Health
Jo Ingles
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Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, incoming director of the Ohio Dept of Health

Dr. Bruce Vanderhhoff says masks are a good way to prevent COVID spread.

COVID cases continue to climb in Ohio, and many school districts have mandated students and teachers wear masks inside buildings – including the state’s largest districts. But what about those districts that have not done that? The Ohio Department of Health’s incoming director explains parents should have their children wear masks anyway.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says kids old enough to be vaccinated should be. Younger kids, he says, should wear masks, even if they are not required in their schools.

“There are, in fact, studies of masking that have looked at ‘do masks protect the wearer even if an infected patient is not, in fact, themselves wearing a mask?’ And the answer is yes, they do provide substantial protection.”

Two Republican lawmakers are working on bills to ban schools from requiring masks. Gov. Mike DeWine says there’s no appetite for a statewide mask mandate, and a new state law would allow lawmakers to vote it down if he ordered one.

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