- The CDC reported an unvaccinated and unmasked teacher who caused a large outbreak at a school.
- It was a teacher of an elementary school in California, who also showed up for work despite being notably ill.
- As it was very likely to happen, several parents were also infected by their children who brought the virus home.
It was a teacher of an elementary school in California, who last May showed up to work not only without having been vaccinated and without wearing a mask, but was also notably ill, the CDC said in its report. The consequences have been regrettable.
CDC: unvaccinated and unmasked teacher infected students and parents
Only two staff members at this K-8 elementary school located in Marin County had not been vaccinated. One of them was this teacher, who was working with a group of 24 students too young to even receive any doses of immunization, the CDC reported.
Of the 24 children studying in that classroom, 22 were tested and 12 ended up testing positive for coronavirus, indicates the report from county health officials and experts from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Santa Cruz, who undertook to study the case.
12 infected children and their parents?
As was very likely to happen, several parents were also infected by their children who brought the virus home. According to the CDC, four parents became infected in this massive outbreak in the school community that involved the highly contagious delta variant.
Of the four infected adults, three had been vaccinated and one was not. According to the report, the vaccinated parents developed fever, chills, cough, headache and loss of smell. The good news is that no one involved in the outbreak was reported to have required hospitalization.
Closer, more risk of contagion
It would seem logical, but research by experts confirmed that most of the students who were sitting at the front of the class ended up infected with the virus, while few of those who were seated at the end were infected.
The teacher began to present nasal congestion and fatigue from May 19, but assumed it was due to his allergies. Subsequently, he began to cough, have headaches, and experience a fever. Even so, on one occasion the teacher removed the mask to read aloud to the children, even against the rules, the report indicates.
Positive for Covid-19
Despite the symptoms, the teacher continued to attend classes until May 21, when he decided to clear up his doubts. Two days later, on May 23, he informed the institution that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that it would take a week in isolation.
Unfortunately, it was too late for the little ones, who also began to show symptoms of the disease from May 22, The Associated Press reported.
CDC warns about the importance of vaccination
By releasing this report, the CDC intends to promote vaccination just as children return to face-to-face classes. “This COVID-19 outbreak that originated with an unvaccinated teacher highlights the importance of vaccinating school staff members who are in close indoor contact with children ineligible for vaccination,” the text reads.
“The attack rate of the outbreak highlights the increased transmissibility of the delta variant and the potential for rapid spread, especially in unvaccinated populations, such as schoolchildren too young for vaccination,” they explain.
Delta variant on the attack
In view of the fact that there is still an unprotected population because it cannot or has not received its immunization doses and that the delta variant is highly contagious, the health authorities have recommended continuing to use the mask “to guarantee safe face-to-face learning.”
“New evidence of the high transmissibility of the delta variant, even among fully vaccinated people, supports the recommendations for the universal masking in schoolsThey wrote.
Outbreak of 27 people in the school community
Investigators determined that 27 people in total had been infected in this outbreak. That includes: the teacher, 12 of his students, the four parents and other students from the same school. The report explains that four of these young people had siblings in the class of the infected teacher, so it is possible that they have been infected at home.
The final analysis indicates that all the student body infections “were probably part of the same outbreak”, although it is not clear how the other six students were infected, since they are in different grades and the school has been complying with the distance and ventilation measure of the spaces. CDC: unvaccinated and unmasked teacher infected students and parents.
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