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Researchers Disagree with CDC Guidelines for Schools

Four medical researchers recently published an editorial in USA Today pointing out research showing that it is quite possible to open schools without putting teachers and students at risk.  The editorial points out that (1) children are not at risk from COVID, (2) transmission is rare in schools with appropriate precautions, (3) current data supports 3-foot distancing rather than 6-feet, and (4) variants of the virus do not pose a concern in schools.  The researchers noted the data about serious costs of school closures, and concluded, "Keeping schools closed or even partially closed, based on what we know now is unwarranted, is harming children, and has become a human rights issue."

We must act for children, and we can do this while keeping staff and teachers safe. This can be accomplished with appropriate distancing (3-6 feet for students in schools), masking, hygiene, cohorting and increasing ventilation when possible — all of which can be achieved readily and immediately in classrooms and schools.

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