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    Default Coronavirus: ‘Very low’ risks to children mean school reopenings safe, expert says

    Rob Merrick
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    Public Health England research finds ‘very little evidence’ of coronavirus transmission where pupils have returned


    One of the most detailed studies yet will show that it is safe for schools to fully reopen next month, a leading child health expert has assured parents and students. Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said that the research, which was carried out in 100 institutions in the UK, will confirm “there is very little evidence” of coronavirus transmission where pupils have returned.
    “The risks to children from Covid are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” he said.

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    The experience of returning students in the state of Georgia has put a lie to that supposition. Students returned without masks, crowded halls, and resulted in multiple infections. If the story hasn't yet been posted here, please google because it made national news and persuaded other states to reverse any plans of fully opening.
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    I don’t see how we can say that the experience of several counties in Georgia puts a lie to the conclusions in the article. At least tens of thousands of people were tested according to the article:

    About 20,000 pupils and teachers in 100 schools were tested to monitor the spread of the disease up to the end of the summer term, he told The Sunday Times.

    His team had also reviewed 35 studies from around the world that had examined schools and the coronavirus.

    The approximately 850 students and teachers in Georgia as of yesterday are not 850 cases of Covid. They are people who were quarantined--or advised to quarantine due to contact tracing--as a result of some students or teachers (haven’t found the number of these yet) testing positive. And testing positive is not the same as becoming sick. Depending on the type of testing, a positive result may only mean that some form of coronavirus is present, not necessarily Covid at all.

    I haven’t yet found an article with a number for people with symptoms. I’m guessing there must not be many, or the number would have made the news.

    Again, I don't see how this negates in any way the conclusions of the studies in the article.

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    In just 4 weeks, between July 9 - Aug. 6 when some schools began re-opening, the number of children testing positive increased by 180,000----(from 200,184 to 380,174), according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Also, this 180,000 jump in just 1 month is likely well understated because most states are not actively "testing" children. According to AAP, children have made up only between 3% - 12% of total tests since states began testing, and almost 4% to 19% tested positive. Because children infected with COVID-19 tend to be asymptomatic and less sick than adults, there's really only one way to tell if they have it, and that's to test. Keep Reading APA data here:
    https://services.aap.org/en/pages/20...l-data-report/

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    One possibility is that testing of children was ramped up when, or just before, school started. It would make sense.

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    From what I read, the country as a whole as a whole is very far from the low level of cases that will encourage school opening. I am not unaware of the need for children to learn in live environments, for them to engage in social interaction again, for parents to get back to work to support a crumbling economy. We are very far from that level of security. By comparison, look at the numbers in New Zealand.
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    Living children tend to be more efficient learners than do dead children.

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    Ten thumbs up for what Maurya said!!!

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