The Trump administration announced a nationwide distribution plan that will conduct 150 million rapid antigen tests, with a view to promoting wider school openings as the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths continues to increase.
Currently, this epidemic has claimed the lives of 1 million people worldwide in less than a year. The United States is still the center of coronavirus casualties in the world, with more than 7 million confirmed cases and 200,000 deaths.
To help schools reopen safely, the federal government purchased the Abbott (ABT) rapid test, which can get results within 1
The government’s move was further amplified by the development of New York City, the former global epicenter of the coronavirus. New York City started face-to-face elementary school teaching on Tuesday, and most of the city’s more than 1 million students are still learning remotely.
The Big Apple’s hybrid car marks a milestone in the city, where the scope of public life is still wide. However, the reopening of schools is a compromise between teachers, principals and city officials, and after months of stabilization, the infection rate in New York City has recently started to rise. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s daily positive test rate exceeded 3% for the first time in months.
All of this has ignited fierce debate about the government’s antibody strategy, and health experts warned that testing is just one tool in the toolbox that can help monitor the outbreak.
The government’s timing and focus on education coincide with the increasing number of teacher protests that states are facing demands for in-person classes. Some unions have held or threatened to go on strike. Among these concerns, more than 100 teachers did not show up in Arkansas on Monday.
The key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to stay away from society, have good ventilation, wear masks in crowded places (such as schools) and wash hands frequently. Public health officials warned not to stay indoors for long periods of time, even if covered, because people are worried about reopening bars and restaurants.
Although children are unlikely to show symptoms of the virus, health experts are concerned about the possibility of asymptomatic transmission from school-age children to adults. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new study on symptoms in young children on Monday, pointing out that minority groups (similar to adults) are disproportionately affected and are more likely to end up in the intensive care unit of a hospital.
As a result, the CDC urged schools to “implement multiple prevention strategies at the same time and adjust mitigation measures based on local transmission levels to reduce the risk of COVID-19 disease among students, teachers, school staff, families, and communities.”
However, after a report in the New York Times suggested that the White House was politicizing CDC policy, the agency’s guidance came under fire. Teachers and adults in schools may be at increased risk of illness, because children are more likely to have asymptomatic symptoms and are less likely to be isolated. In some cases, it has been reported that parents deliberately sent infected children to school.
What the experts say
Scott Atlas, a researcher at Stanford University and one of Trump’s key coronavirus advisors, insisted that the school should be reopened. At a recent press conference in Florida, Atlas said: “The United States is the only one of our Western countries that is so hysterical about reopening schools.”
His speech emphasized the views expressed by other experts who advocate face-to-face learning based on mental health and educational equity. Since the ban began in March, many parents of different income levels have also been struggling to balance the relationship between family study and work responsibilities.
An August article in the Journal of the American Medical Association pointed out that school suspensions increase the following risks: “Children may experience worsening mental health, reduced access to nutritious food and health services, decreased schooling, and reduced attention to protective services.”
The author writes that these problems are more serious in low-income communities, which also raises questions about whether and how children spread COVID-19.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association pointed out that children account for 9% of all COVID-19 cases in the country, and the rate of hospitalization for children is low. Just like adults, a few people are also infected by the virus.
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