CDC Offers Monkeypox Guidance for Schools and Daycare Centers

  • The CDC has issued guidelines for schools and daycare centers to stop the transmission of monkeypox.
  • The agency suggests hand washing regularly cleaning surfaces and sharing objects, and encouraging staff, children and volunteers to remain home in case of illness.
  • The chance of adolescents and children developing the virus is minimal according to CDC.

Daycares, schools, and other facilities that serve children and teens don’t need to take additional precautions to protect themselves from monkeypox, according to that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The agency suggests the establishments to “follow their everyday operational guidance that reduces the transmission of infectious diseases.”

This means washing your hands frequently as well as disinfecting surfaces and objects, and requesting staff, children and volunteers to stay at home if they are sick.

“At this time, the risk of monkeypox to children and adolescents in the United States is low,” the CDC stated on its website, with a set of frequently asked questions, which is a trusted source.

As of the 24th of August over 16,000 cases of monkeypox are reported CDC with at least one instance in every state and in the District of Columbia.

There is a very small percentage of cases have been reported in children who are school age. CDC informationTrusted Source released on August 21 reveal that of the cases reported 6 were among children aged 0-5 years old older, seven were in children between 6 and 10 years old, four in children 11 to 15 years old older, and four cases from children aged 11-15 years old.

This is based on almost 70% of the cases reported with age information available.

Even though “parents should be aware of monkeypox,” they shouldn’t consider themselves “overly concerned at this point,” said Dr. Amanda D. Castel who is a professor within the Department of Epidemiology The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The Dr. Dean Blumberg is a professor in the department of childhood infectious diseases, within UC Davis Health in Sacramento, Calif., agreed with the CDC’s assessment of low risk of the virus to children.

“[The monkeypox virus] is not easily transmitted, and there are signs that people are contagious, such as when they have the rash,” the doctor said.

There is fresh research that monkeypox might be transmitted by those who are not symptomatic however it’s not clear whether it’s a common problem.

The most frequent monkeypox-like sign

Rash is among the most frequently reported signs of the monkeypox. Some people may also experience fever, chills, pain, or headache.

Children suffer from the same symptoms to adults, other conditionsTrusted Source can trigger an outbreak of rash in children including chickenpox measles and allergic skin reactions and reactions to drugs.

Also, “if your child has a rash, don’t panic,” Castel said. Castel. “It could be something else.”

The majority of cases of monkeypox seen in adolescents and children recover by themselves, without any treatment as per the Trusted by the CDC Source.

Certain children are at greater risk of contracting severe diseases such as children who are less than eight years old or with an immune-deficiency disorder or who suffer from skin disorders like acne, severe eczema or burns.

CDC data from the Trusted Source indicates that, in the current outbreak that is currently sweeping the United States, the majority of cases of monkeypox were related to intimate sexual contact.

But the virus is able to infect anyoneeven children -anyone who has close, personal, skin-to skin contact with someone who has monkeypox. The CDC stated in a statement to the Trusted Source.

However, Blumberg said children are unlikely to experience this type of interaction in schools.

“Although children might horse around with each other, there are very few children who are going to have prolonged skin-to-skin contact with other students or staff at school during normal school activities,” the teacher said.

A few exceptions, he added could be sports like wrestling and similar activities.

“But I think coaches and other school staff are well-versed in excluding children who have rashes from participating in that sort of activity,” the doctor said.

Monkeypox can also transmit through touching affected fabrics, objects or surfaces that were utilized by people suffering from monkeypox. However, the CDC guidelines stated that this method of transmission is less frequent in the present outbreak.

Isolation is not necessary after exposures of all types.

Furthermore the CDC stated that staff, children, and volunteers are not required to be removed from a daycare, school or any other place when they’ve had exposure to monkeypox but are not suffering from symptoms.

“I don’t think this can be stressed enough,” Castel said. Castel, “but we really have to talk about monkeypox in a non-stigmatizing way, and try to be fact-based in our discussions.”

The CDC’s guidelines for daycares and schools is similar to its guidelines to general publicTrusted Source. all-encompassing public Trusted Source that stated that anyone who has been exposed to the monkeypox virus are able to continue their routine activities so long as they don’t show any symptoms or signs of the virus. Source.

In its guideline in its guidelines, the CDC advised that in some instances that involve a high risk exposure the health department in the area could restrict a person’s participation in specific activities.

In addition, boarding school or overnight camps as well as other residential settings must follow the guidelines of the agency for gathering living environments. Trusted Source.

Blumberg stated that daycares and schools do have “robust” experience and policies regarding dealing with staff members and children with illnesses or contagious, for example, those with an itch or fever which could indicate an disease.

In addition, parents must keep an eye on their children for signs before letting them go to school or to daycare.

“If your child is sick, they should stay home,” Castel advised. Castel. Additionally, “if they develop a rash — which often happens in children — one that is perhaps accompanied by a fever, parents should reach out to their pediatrician or health care provider.”

Blumberg stated that clinical psychologists can aid in determining the reason for the child’s rash.

“If any parent or school staff has concerns about a rash potentially being monkeypox, they should make sure to have it evaluated,” he advised, “because now there is widespread testing availability.”

Keep monkeypox in the right perspective

In general, Castel thinks the CDC guidelines are “pretty comprehensive.” However Castel would like to see it laid out in a manner that highlights the different risk for various age groups.

“What a parent does with a toddler in terms of prevention — helping them learn how to wash their hands regularly and that kind of thing — is different than [talking to] an adolescent or college student that might be involved in some close intimate relationship,” she explained.

She also urges parents to keep the monkeypox virus in mind as we head into autumn.

“The risk of monkeypox [for children and adolescents] is very low currently,” she added, “but we also need to make sure that kids are getting their routine childhood vaccinations — including polio, and hopefully soon the COVID boosters, if they’re eligible.”

“That will help children be prepared and healthy as we launch into this new school year,” she said.

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