Students across the country have been back in class for about a month now. So far, the school environment has largely proven to be safe.
So safe, in fact, that some are looking forward to easing some restrictions for kids in class.
Due to the highly contagious delta variant, COVID-19 case numbers increased among kids this summer and child hospitalizations surged in some parts of the country, but UCSF's Dr. Jeanne Noble told KCBS Radio's "As Prescribed" on Thursday that hasn't happened here.
"We have not had a surge at any one time across our UCSF pediatric hospitals. including (UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland)," Noble said. "We have less than 10 children hospitalized with COVID. Most of those kids are coming from referrals...outside of the Bay Area."
Noble credited our high vaccination rates, explaining that even though they need to be higher, we may soon be able to relax other safety measures such as masking and distancing, especially in schools.
"If it's essential, if it's important for health, yes, but if it's just a 'We want to be precautious' but there's no data that's actually needed, then it's time to drop the masks," she added.
Dr. Noble emphasized that vaccination is the way out of this pandemic.