Localities around the United States are taking different approaches on sending kids back to school with the Los Angeles and San Diego Counties school districts recently deciding to stay home and go virtual, meanwhile the state of Florida is planning to re-open. Phil Kerpen, president of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, just released a new study highlighting concerns on how COVID-19 will impact schooling.
Citing data from the United States, Kerpen said, "Not only do we have the very low hospitalization rate among school age children, but we see no significant disease burden among children who have remained in childcare throughout the epidemic, despite the fact that as children of essential workers they are more likely to be exposed at home."
A joint study by the national health authorities
of Sweden, where primary schools never closed, and Finland, where schools reopened May 13, found: “Severe covid-19 disease as measured in ICU admittance is very rare in both countries in this age group and no deaths were reported. Outbreak investigations in Finland has not shown children to be contributing much in terms of transmission and in Sweden a report comparing risk of covid-19 in different professions, showed no increased risk for teachers. In conclusion, closure or not of schools had no measurable direct impact on the number of laboratory confirmed cases in school-aged children in Finland or Sweden.”
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