World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 06 Apr, 2021 01:30 am

The CDC guidelines for social distancing in schools are based on distorted science: neither three feet nor six feet distancing is safe

The CDC guidelines for social distancing in schools are based on distorted science: neither three feet nor six feet distancing is safe
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has used discredited studies to justify changing its rules to fit the policies of the Biden administration.

The title of the paper is “Effectiveness of three versus six feet of physical distancing for controlling the spread of COVID-19 among primary and secondary students and staff.The authors state in the body of their manuscript that they were evaluating “the impact of three feet versus six feet of physical distancing policies in school settings.As the Salt Lake County, Utah, study revealed, despite mandating a six-foot physical distancing, desks were on average three feet apart.Additionally, we were not able to measure the impact of physical distancing stratified by school type or age group.

On March 5, 2021, around the time the CDC was promoting the reduction of physical distancing requirements in schools, the agency published a small and barely mentioned study looking at the presence of antibodies (seroprevalence) among children and adolescents in Mississippi from May to September of 2020.The three-foot physical distancing guidelines will ensure more students are packed into the classrooms, further fueling the pandemic underway in Michigan and the Northeast of the US.

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