CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta announced on Wednesday that his children will not return to school in the fall, with the father of three teenagers and preteen girls saying while the children are “much less likely to get sick from COVID-19” they “may be infected and they can spread it quickly. “
The decision by Gupta, who lives in Georgia in Fulton County, comes because an increasing number of states have announced that they will begin the fall school year only with distance education, including New Jersey, which has just reversed the course of its decision to start with in-person learning. on Wednesday.
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“It is true that children are much less likely to get COVID-19, compared to adults, but they are by no means immune. They can become infected and they can spread it quickly. A widely cited study from South Korea showed that children 10 to 19 spread the virus as much as adults, “Gupta later stated. “They actually had the highest proportion of COVID-19 among household contacts. Interestingly, in the same study, children younger than 10 were not responsible for a significant amount of virus spread.”
Gupta went on to note that the South Korean study had only 30 positive cases of those younger than 10 years.
Of the nearly 60,000 contacts detected in that study, only 237 were from children under the age of 10. The low prevalence rate among young children may not have been because they are less likely to transmit the virus, but because they have largely been at home in recent months and had few contacts as a result. “
“As our children become increasingly mobile, they will become part of a major national experiment, and there is little doubt that infection rates will increase,” he added, writing that he is “particularly affected by the stories of anxious teachers around in the country that said they wrote out their wills while waiting to return to school. “
“None of this is easy, and some families may come to a different conclusion after looking at the same data,” Gupta concluded. “At the age of COVID-19, we all seem to be forced to become amateur epidemiologists, while at the same time being the best parents we can be.”
Fulton County has seen more than 20,000 cases and 445 deaths since the pandemic began.
The bounce rate for new cases per 100,000 people currently is 316.2, which is 216.2 cases over 100 new cases per 100,000 people for face-to-face instruction in Georgia.