OC schools to follow mask mandate as Covid surges, some parents rally against rule

When asked about the return to school, Sanghyuk Shin, a UC Irvine epidemiologist, [assistant professor of nursing] and public health expert, fully endorsed a mask mandate in schools, saying it was the smallest step that should be taken. “I think we should go beyond that, we should make sure our schools are sufficiently ventilated … not just for COVID, but there are so many respiratory diseases and infections that come from bad indoor air quality,” Shin said in a Tuesday phone interview. “Opening of schools in this current epidemic environment can only fuel increases for children and family members, along with the greater community,” he added.