Research Finds Masks Can Prevent COVID-19 Transmission in Schools

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Text: The Briefing, image Danny Benjamin, M.D., and Kanecia Zimmerman, M.D

Kanecia Zimmerman, M.D and Danny Benjamin, M.D.

The widespread use of masks in schools can effectively prevent COVID-19 transmission and provide a safe learning environment, two Duke scholars said Wednesday.

Danny Benjamin, M.D., and Kanecia Zimmerman, M.D., were co-chairs of the Duke-led ABC Science Collaborative, which issued a new report Wednesday showing that North Carolina schools were highly successful in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings.

The report found in part that masks effectively prevented COVID-19 transmission even without physical distancing in schools and on buses.

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