Should schools reopen in the fall? | The Tylt
The latest research suggests kids are just as infectious as adults, if not more so. This presents a clear problem for reopening schools—if community spread remains at a high level, it is likely that reopening schools would provide more opportunities for the virus to infect others and ultimately grow in a community. There is a consensus among epidemiologists and infectious disease experts that the coronavirus must be controlled before any major actions to reopen are taken. It's the only way to keep kids safe.
However others, like the White House make the unscientific argument that since children seem to be spared from the worst effects of the disease, it is a better tradeoff to reopen schools. From their perspective, the damage done to young children keeping them at home away from their friends and education is greater than the damage that would occur from reopening too early. To be clear, the consequences of this approach are the potential deaths of children, teachers and staff.
Should schools reopen in the fall?