Kids less likely to die from coronavirus, but schools could become hot spots for spread

Kids less likely to die from coronavirus, but schools could become hot spots for spread

As many school districts across the USA prepare to reopen campuses, some fear classrooms will become the next incubators for large coronavirus outbreaks. Advocates for resuming school in person, including President Donald Trump, have repeatedly claimed that children pose less of a risk of spreading COVID-19 and that the benefits of returning them to the classroom outweigh the risks of keeping them home. Such statements have been used by conservatives, as well as many parents, to argue for a prompt reopening of classrooms. “We know that children get the virus at a far lower rate than any other part of the population,” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during a CNN interview in July. "There’s nothing in the data that suggests that kids being back in school is dangerous to them." About 245,000 youth from birth to 17 have tested positive, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds have transmitted the virus at summer camps and youth programs that have welcomed kids, often with the kinds of hygiene, masking and physical distancing rules proposed by many schools. More than 300 cases have been linked to state child care facilities in California, 62 in Pennsylvania and 54 in North Carolina, according to data published by those states. In Georgia, at least 260 people became infected in June at an overnight youth camp where the median age of campers was 12 and staff members 17, according to a CDC report. The first person – a teenage staffer – became ...
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