If desks are already set 6 ft apart in the classroom, why should children still wear masks all day?

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In order to make the indoor classroom setting as safe as we possibly can, the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mask wearing is advised at all times. It may sometimes be difficult for children to stay 6 feet apart. Masks can help prevent the spread of the virus in respiratory droplets released when coughing and sneezing. In addition, masks will also help prevent children from spreading germs by touching their nose and mouth. Mask wearing is a simple and effective measure we can take to help keep our children and families safe.