Can Kids Spread COVID-19? What We Know | #covid19 | #kids | #childern

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When the coronavirus outbreak first hit the U.S. in March, the vast majority of schools canceled in-person classes for the foreseeable future. Now, the question of how to safely reopen schools — which, in normal times, bring hundreds of students and staff together indoors every day — is among the most challenging of the pandemic.

But an increasing number of doctors and experts say that given the harm of keeping children home, the benefits of reopening schools may outweigh the risks, particularly in areas with low infection rates. On June 25, the American Academy of Physicians issued a strong recommendation that “all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” In a new report this week, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, came to a similar conclusion, recommending that schools prioritize in-person learning, especially for younger children.

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