Despite widespread concerns, two new international studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of the coronavirus. And a third study from the United States shows no elevated risk to childcare workers who stayed on the job.
While agreeing that emerging data is encouraging, other experts said the United States as a whole has made little progress toward practices that would allow schools to make reopening safer — from rapid and regular testing, to contact tracing to identify the source of outbreaks, to reporting school-associated cases publicly, regularly and consistently.
Studies referenced in the NPR article:
- Analysis and prediction of COVID-19 for EU-EFTA-UK and other countries – Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Centre of Catalonia
- COVID-19 and Schools: What We Can Learn from Six Months of Closures and Reopening – Insights for Education
- Child care not associated with spread of COVID-19 – Yale