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Michigan – like last week reported the second highest case rate among pediatric populations in the country – has seen a consistent increase in COVID-19 cases in school-age children since the first school day in September.
But despite mask mandates in some societies, transmission rates among children who mask themselves are now “similar” to transmission rates in communities with few or no mask rules.
Transfer rates for children aged 5 to 18 hit a new seven-day rolling average high in November up to the holiday season.
Students in communities categorized by “few / no mask rules,” “partial mask rules,” and “required masks” all reported just over 100 cases for every 100,000 students in a seven-day average in mid-November.
Fox News could not immediately reach the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Michigan government to comment on why transmission rates have risen across the board.
A note on the side curve detailed increase briefly attributed the anomaly to “differences” in masking efficiency “potentially washed out by transmission in other settings.”
But the report did not elaborate further on why children in communities with mask mandates see the same transmission rates as those without mask policies.
The report said: “It remains important to disguise yourself indoors (schools and other) to prevent transmission.”
Health authorities have repeatedly said that vaccines are the most effective tool to ward off coronavirus.
The advent of the omicron variant has given rise to concern that there could be a resurgence of cases globally. There are not yet enough data to show how effective current vaccines are in fighting the virus, according to the CDC.
The top health agency has said that getting the vaccine is not just a matter of avoiding COVID-19 together, but rather avoiding serious health consequences from the deadly virus.
“While COVID-19 vaccines work well, some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because no vaccines are 100% effective. These are called vaccine breakthrough cases,” CDC states on its website. “mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to provide protection against serious illness and hospitalization among people of all ages who are eligible to receive them.”
Unvaccinated people are almost six times more likely to get the virus and 14 times more likely to die from the virus, according to CDC data.
The CDC recommends people get fully vaccinated by getting two rounds of shots in the arms. A booster is now recommended for those who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months.