Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he believes it’s a “bit of a reach” to keep schools closed in the fall because of coronavirus safety concerns for children.
In a phone interview with CNN Wednesday, Fauci said children tend to have milder symptoms — or even no symptoms — when they are infected with Covid-19.
What’s not yet clear, however, is whether children get infected as frequently as adults and whether they pass the infection on to others as easily. Fauci said ultimately, the decision to reopen schools needs to be predicated on the level of infection in each community.
“I hesitate to make any broad statements about whether it is or is not quote ‘safe’ for kids to come back to school,” Fauci told CNN. “When you talk about children going back to school and their safety, it really depends on the level of viral activity, and the particular area that you’re talking about. What happens all too often, understandably, but sometimes misleadingly, is that we talk about the country as a whole in a unidimensional away.”
Fauci also said that schools need to “be creative” with classroom planning. He suggested that one option is to space out children at every other desk, or every third desk, to maintain proper social distancing.
“In some situations there will be no problem for children to go back to school,” he said. “In others, you may need to do some modifications. You know, modifications could be breaking up the class so you don’t have a crowded classroom, maybe half in the morning, half of the afternoon, having children doing alternate schedules. There’s a whole bunch of things that one can do.”
Source: CNN News