The CDC now says that a “preponderance of available evidence” indicates that reopening schools is safe. This assertation is based on new research that shows schools aren’t a COVID-19 breeding ground so long as safety precautions are followed by school and community.
Researchers published an article on JAMA Networking citing reasons that schools can safely reopen. In the piece, they explain how masks and social distancing provide a safe and healthy environment for students. They also note that indoor sporting activities can cause COVID-19 spread.
“The preponderance of available evidence from the fall school semester has been reassuring,” the three researchers wrote. “There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission.”
But these same researchers believe indoor dining and gyms that lack healthy ventilation should remain closed.
“It’s not going to be safe to have a pizza party with a group of students,” Margaret Honein, a member of the C.D.C.’s Covid-19 emergency response team and the first author of the article, said in an interview. “But outdoor cross-country, where distance can be maintained, might be fine to continue.”
However, reopening schools won’t be a walk in the park, not if teacher’s unions continue to rail against reopening. In Chicago, the Teacher’s Union flat out defied the order to reopen, a sentiment President Biden supports.
“The teachers, I know they want to work,” Biden said when asked about the CTU by a reporter at a news conference after an event on American manufacturing. “They just want to work in a safe environment, and as safe as we can rationally make it, and we can do that.”
Author: Jim SatneyPrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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