The 21st Show

Should Masks Be Mandatory In Schools This Fall?


On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines announcing that some people should be wearing masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated. While two doses of the shot is still the best protection against COVID-19, breakthrough infections are still possible. This advice comes as Illinois schools are deciding whether masks should be mandatory when students return to class this fall. 

Our guests talked about these developments, the Delta and Gamma variants and answered calls and text messages from parents.


Gladys Marquez, Teacher, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island

Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, Professor and interim chief of Infectious Diseases at SIU school of Medicine, Medical Advisor to Sangamon County Department of Public Health 

Dr. Tina Tan, Attending, Division of Infectious Diseases, Medical Director, International Patient Services Program, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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