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CDC: Vaccination key as teachers may drive in-school COVID-19 spread

CDC: Vaccination key as teachers may drive in-school COVID-19 spread

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Teachers and staff "play a central role in in-school transmission" of COVID-19, highlighting the importance of vaccination for educators, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of all in-school cases in a Georgia district recorded between Dec. 1 and Jan. 22 were linked with "educator-to-educator" or "educator-to-student" transmission, the data showed. Advertisement Subsequently, 26% of household contacts of these school-associated cases later tested positive for the virus. "These findings suggest that educators can play an important role in in-school transmission and that in-school transmission can occur when physical distancing and mask compliance are not optimal," CDC researchers said in the report. Alt...