SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Nine doctors from Upstate Medical University are recommending Central New York School Superintendents “a universal masking policy for all children and staff.”

The recommendation comes in a letter released Wednesday night. The letter explains that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is “more transmissible and possibly cases more serious disease compared the the original virus and its new variants.” The letter goes on to say that “masking is a proven way to keep children safe from COVID-19.”

The doctors included in the signature of the letter include:

  • Kathryn Anderson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hospitalist/Epidemiologist, Upstate Medical University
  • Winter Berry, DO, Associate Professor General Pediatrics Upstate Medical University; President, American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 1
  • Steven Blatt, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University; Co-President, Pediatric Society of Central New York
  • Gregory Conners, MD MPH MBA, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, & Executive Director, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Upstate Medical University
  • Barbara Anne Morisseau, MD, Brighton Hill Pediatrics; Co-President, Pediatric Society of Central New York
  • Christopher Morley PhD, Professor & Chair, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Upstate Medical University
  • Jana Shaw, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Golisano Children’s Hospital Epidemiologist, Upstate Medical University
  • Telisa Stewart, DrPH, Associate Professor, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Upstate Medical University
  • Stephen Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine & Interim Chair, Microbiology & Immunology and Infectious Disease Physician, Upstate Medical University