Back to School?

According to research published on July 30, 2020, children are likely to have at least the same amount of Coronavirus in their nose and throats as infected adults. The authors also found that children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults. Although experts believe this doesn't prove that children are transmitting the virus to others, the study should influence the debate on opening schools.

Researchers included only children and adults who had mild to moderate symptoms and for whom they had information about when symptoms began.

Those who did not remember when they had started to feel ill, anyone asymptomatic, as well as those who had symptoms for more than a week before the testing were left out of the test.

The findings at least indicate that children can be infected by the virus. Those who have higher amounts of the virus may spread it to others in their households, or at schools, according to experts.

Many school districts are planning to implement physical distancing, face masks, and hand hygiene. However, it’s unclear how well the staff members can keep children from getting too close to others.

Should schools fully or partially reopen in the fall? Or should we try other methods of learning? 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. 

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