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Can schools actually reopen safely?

A classroom at Boston Preparatory Charter School in Boston, MA on August 21, 2020. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

After spring lockdowns, several state and local decision-makers went against the advice of health experts and reopened bars, gyms, and other risky indoor gathering places too quickly and fully, before getting Covid-19 spread under control. Infections surged, obliterating the gains made in lockdown and rendering school reopenings risky.


Reopening schools would be a ‘crazy’ experiment in communities with rampant Covid-19 infections

Two children wearing face masks standing six feet apart waiting in line for school.
Two children wearing face masks standing six feet apart waiting in line for school.
Photo: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images

Despite the intense eagerness to get kids back to school, reopening K-12 classrooms on the heels of this summer’s surge in Covid-19 cases in the United States looks more and more like a risky experiment — particularly amid emerging evidence that children are quite capable of carrying the coronavirus and are more contagious than previously realized.

  • Children five and younger can pack high levels of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19…

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