Saturday, July 18, 2020

In the News: "much of the evidence is inconclusive"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"What role children play in the coronavirus pandemic is the hot-button question of the summer as kids relish their free time while schools labor over how to resume classes. 
The Trump administration says the science “is very clear,” but many doctors who specialize in pediatrics and infectious diseases say much of the evidence is inconclusive. 
“There are still a lot of unanswered questions. That is the biggest challenge,” said Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a pediatrics professor at the University of Florida and former scientist at the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 
Several studies suggest, but don’t prove, that children are less likely to become infected than adults and more likely to have only mild symptoms."
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The NY Times article on a related report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Go directly to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report
"Weighing the health risks of reopening K-12 schools in fall 2020 against the educational risks of providing no in-person instruction, school districts should prioritize reopening schools full time, especially for grades K-5 and students with special needs, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Opening schools will benefit families beyond providing education, including by supplying child care, school services, meals, and other family supports. Without in-person instruction, schools risk children falling behind academically and exacerbating educational inequities."
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