Association of Child Masking With COVID-19–Related Closures in US Childcare Programs
In this survey study of 6,654 childcare professionals from all 50 states, child masking at baseline (May 22 to June 8, 2020) was associated with a 13% reduction in program closure within the following year, and continued child masking throughout the 1-year study period was associated with a 14% reduction in program closure. These results suggest that masking of children in childcare programs is associated with reduced program closures, supporting current masking recommendation in younger children provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Abstract and Citation
Murray TS, Malik AA, Shafiq M, et al. Association of Child Masking With COVID-19–Related Closures in US Childcare Programs. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(1):e2141227. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.41227