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In-person school can be safe. CDC reports how schools with little COVID-19 spread are making it work

Grace Hauck, USA TODAY |

On Tuesday, two epidemiologists and a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association, writing that “accumulating data now suggest a path forward to maintain or return primarily or fully to in-person instructional delivery.”

As schools in the U.S. and abroad have reopened amid the pandemic, there “has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission,” the scientists said. The researchers cited studies of COVID-19 cases in schools in MississippiNorth Carolina and rural Wisconsin, as well as a European CDC report that found schools were not associated with accelerating community transmission.

By taking various public health precautions, it’s possible to prevent transmission in schools, the researchers concluded. Here’s what they want to see happen:

  • Wear face masks
  • Stay six feet apart
  • Limit indoor sports
  • Keep students in pods
  • Increase air ventilation
  • Screening tests
  • Continue virtual school options

Full details in the USA TODAY article.

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