A smaller social distancing requirement of 3 feet “seemingly will occur” when children return to highschool, Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned Thursday.
Fauci mentioned the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is “very rigorously” weighing whether or not the brand new requirement — decreased from the usual 6 feet — may very well be carried out in schools.
“I feel that seemingly will occur,” the nation’s high infectious ailments skilled mentioned on NBC Information’ “As we speak” present.
“There was an excellent examine in the state of Massachusetts in which children who had been carrying masks, they checked out 3 feet versus 6 feet. And so they actually discovered no distinction.
“So the CDC is analyzing that knowledge very rigorously proper now. They very nicely might change. I don’t wish to get forward of them. However they’re very a lot on high of this and taking a look at that knowledge. So that they will rethink about that distance.”
On Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky instructed lawmakers that the company was contemplating amending the social distancing pointers in a bid to reopen schools quicker.
“As quickly as our steerage got here out, it turned very clear that 6 feet was among the many issues that was protecting schools closed and in that context, science evolves,” Walensky instructed the Home Power and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations.
Requested whether or not the social distancing change may have “broader implications,” Fauci replied, “It’d.”