Maybe Schools Aren’t Superspreaders…

Schools don’t appear to be the COVID-19 superspreaders they were once feared to be, according to data emerging from random testing in the US and the UK, The New York Times reports.
 
Elementary schools in particular have seen remarkably few infections—though the risk seems to rise after age 10.
 
Despite flaws in data and inconclusive results, researchers say there is reason to be hopeful. The evidence appears to bolster the case for prioritizing in-person schooling over reopening adult spaces like bars and restaurants.
 
But, researchers caution, children absolutely can catch and spread the virus. And a senior CDC scientist acknowledged last week that its July guidance to schools doesn’t reflect the latest evidence of risks to children. The agency is updating its advice, according to another New York Times article.

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