Schools: American researchers plead for keeping classes open

Noting a low rate of infections in the schools where the study was conducted, the CDC researchers opted for preventive measures rather than a complete closure of institutions.

The third threatening confinement has revived the debate on the closure of schools. Is the measure inevitable to put a stop to the spread of the coronavirus? The highly sensitive issue continues to divide a year after the start of the epidemic. A study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States argues for keeping classes open. “With the obligation to wear the mask as well as the monitoring of students and teachers, the risk of transmission within schools appears low”, conclude the doctors. However, only 17% of American schools this year welcome their students 100% face-to-face.

Low rate of infections

The study was conducted from September to November in 17 elementary and secondary schools in rural Wisconsin. Nearly 5,000 students and 650 staff, present full time, were thus followed at a time of strong circulation of the coronavirus in the population.

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