After the students read aloud, the teacher infected them. Despite being required by school policy to cover their faces indoors, they were not required to wear masks or face covers.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a teacher in California passed on the Delta variant COVID-19 to a class of elementary school students.
An educator from Marin County became symptomatic earlier this year. He experienced side effects like “cough, subjective fever, headache” and was not identified by name.
Although they initially attributed their symptoms to allergies, the teacher kept working. Despite being required by the school to cover their faces indoors, they could read aloud to students during that time.
The teacher later took a COVID test two days later, where they subsequently obtained a positive test result.
Positive cases of COVID-19 among teachers’ class of 24 were reported on May 23. Other staff members, parents, and siblings who had been in close contact with the affected also received positive reports. According to the CDC, each student infected at the educational institution was too young for vaccination.
The CDC reported 27 cases, including 12 of the teacher’s students, six of his students from a different grade, and eight of their parents and siblings. Among the 27 cases, 22 individuals reported symptoms, with the most common being fever, cough, headache, and sore throat.
The CDC states that all school employees were vaccinated against COVID, except one educator and the teacher in question.
The CDC reported that an unvaccinated teacher caused the COVID-19 outbreak. This highlights the importance of vaccinating school staff members who have close contact with ineligible children as schools reopen.
The health organization stated that the outbreak’s attack rate highlighted the Delta variant’s increased transmissibility, the potential for rapid spread, and especially unvaccinated children who are too young to be vaccinated.
The CDC noted ways to combat the ongoing pandemic at schools, including proper masking, routine testing, and ventilation.
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