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"As Schools Reopen, Experts Say Quarantines Are Still Necessary"

CNN interviewed Dr. Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about why children who have COVID-19 should stay home and not go to school

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Millions of children are back in the classroom for the new school year, but most aren't vaccinated yet. With children now accounting for more than a quarter of weekly Covid-19 cases nationwide, many communities are turning to a familiar public health tool: quarantines.

Health experts agree that quarantines work, but also stress the importance of in-person learning for children's development. Now many communities are struggling to toe the line between keeping schools open and keeping those who are potentially infectious at home.

Additional layers of protection, like vaccination, testing and masking, can limit the need for quarantines, but those who are against one often push back on all.