Review of Research: Will Opening Schools Make the Pandemic Worse?
[Source: Education Week]
Will reopening schools cause the nation’s already simmering coronavirus pandemic to boil over? While the picture from studies and reopenings in other countries is beginning to come into focus, it’s unlikely school and district leaders will have a clear answer before they have to make their own decisions for this fall.
After relatively scant research on children and the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic, there has been slowly building consensus around just a few findings: that children, particularly pre-adolescents, appear to be less likely to contract the disease; and that the majority of those that do have either mild or no symptoms. All told, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that only 5 percent of all reported cases of COVID-19 have happened in children under 18.
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