California will update its mask guidance for fully vaccinated adults next week, but children in the state’s K-12 schools will still be told to wear a face-covering regardless of vaccine status.
“15% of our population remains without the option for vaccination (children under 12 years old are not yet eligible) and risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection will remain until we reach full community immunity,” the guidance reads.
The new guidance removes the mask mandate from public locations, with some exceptions such as public transit, various youth settings, health care facilities, childcare facilities, and K-12 schools.
It is unclear what science the state’s guidance is following, as children are among the lowest at-risk population. U.S. children represent 13 percent of all coronavirus cases, and so far, fewer than 300 children and teenagers have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. total. On average, more children die in the U.S. each year by drowning.
“Additionally, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public