A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that face-to-face teaching in K-12 schools does not seem to cause an increase in COVID-19 compared to areas where only online learning is available.
The CDC study pointed out that the rate of coronavirus cases among the general population in counties where K-12 schools are open for face-to-face learning during the week starting on December 6 is similar to that in online-only counties.
The author of the report wrote: “The CDC recommends that after all other mitigation measures are taken, closing K-12 schools is the last environment to close, and it is the K-12 school that can be safely closed first.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of December 7, approximately 62% of K-12 school districts provide all or part of individual learning courses, but reports of outbreaks in schools are limited.
According to the report, between March 1 and December 12, there were nearly 3 million COVID-19 cases among children, adolescents and young people in the United States.
The analysis found that compared with older children and young people, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 among children aged 10 years and under is smaller.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 60% of cases are young people between the ages of 18 and 24, and children between 14 and 17 years old account for 16% of cases.
Children aged 11 to 13 account for 8% of cases, while children aged 5 to 10 account for 11% of cases. Children 4 years and younger accounted for 7.4% of cases.
The author writes that cases of younger children indicate that the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in child care centers and elementary schools is “probably lower” compared to the reopening of high schools and higher education institutions.
The report found that the data did not indicate an increase in children or adolescent cases before the increase in adult cases.
The author writes: “The school provides a structured environment that can support compliance with key mitigation measures to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.”
They added: “When community transmission is high, cases should occur in schools, and as with any group setting, schools can contribute to the spread of COVID-19, especially if they are not implemented or followed such as universal and appropriate sheltering. And other mitigation measures.”
The report found that throughout the fall and summer, the number of cases among young people was higher than in other age groups, while other age groups increased. “It is recommended that young people contribute more to community transmission than younger children.”