Why reopening schools has become the most fraught debate of the pandemic


I share this one gingerly, because I know it’s an issue that people have really strong feelings about. For months I have been following debates, protests, plans and research around school re-openings. People desperately want science and data to clarify these decisions for us, but there are no easy answers right now.

The risks for children of being out of school are massive, and we know most children don’t get severely ill from COVID-19, like adults. But we do know they catch and transmit the virus, but we don’t have a good grasp on how much. This is one of the most pressing and ethically vexing questions of the pandemic, and not all communities bear the same risks and resources to navigate this.

I hope you’ll give this American Prospect story a read, and that it clarifies why this has been so difficult.

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