Those who criticize online classes have strong reasons to believe so, although opening schools just now in all countries isn’t too safe. The pandemic is still pretty active in the USA, as the country will soon have to deal more with the UK strain of COVID-19.
The New York Times reveals that federal health officials from the US weighed in with a call for bringing back kids to the schools as soon as possible. The same officials added that there’s enough evidence that face to face instruction can be held safely as long as there’s social distancing and mask-wearing.
Limits for indoor dining, bars, and poorly ventilated gyms
According to what researchers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) had to say in an interview and in the JAMA journal, certain limits are mandatory for other settings such as poorly-ventilated gyms, indoor dining, and bars.
Dr. Margaret Honein, who’s a member of the COVID-19 emergency response team of the CDC, declared:
It’s not going to be safe to have a pizza party with a group of students,
But outdoor cross-country, where distance can be maintained, might be fine to continue.
While for a good part of last year, there was not enough data to see how exactly the coronavirus spreads in schools, Dr. Honein added:
But there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.
The USA reported a total number of over 26 million infections with COVID-19, and more than 435,000 patients (3%) died. Fortunately, healthcare workers and doctors were able to recover more than 15.7 million people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The USA remains the hardest-hit country in the world by the pandemic, followed by India, Brazil, Russia, the UK, and so on.