Kids and Coronavirus


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Those of you who are parents know that your kids can be great at so many things. Chiefly among those skills, like saying the darndest things and sometimes being cute, is a unique ability to carry diseases home from school. Colds, flus, mono, and lice never discriminate, though how we handle them does.

NPR wrote a piece about kids and coronavirus. Because, yes, kids do catch COVID-19. They also experience milder symptoms unless they smoke, vape, have asthma, or other cardiopulmonary issues. But they are not immune and they do have the likelihood to carry it home with them.

The gist of the article was that we just don’t have enough data to know how significantly kids spread COVID-19. There just wasn’t significant testing done when they were in school and we don’t have enough cases to draw a full picture of how their spread of the disease varies from adults.

The big takeaway here is that we just don’t know how safe a return to in-person classes will be. NPR wrote that the schools which do opt to open and the students who do opt to return will be the unwitting test subjects as the world watches with bated breath.

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