Project Finds Less than 1% of Students, Teachers Infected with COVID Since Schools Reopened
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If you were waiting for more evidence that all the ‘warnings’ from ‘the health experts’ and ‘the science’ regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic would ‘sweep through schools’ if we reopened them to in-person instruction this fall was nothing more than the same old fear porn we’ve been hearing all summer, it has surfaced.
A new project from Brown University, in collaboration with school administrators around the country, called the National COVID-19 School Response Data Dashboard indicates that the number of students and teachers who have been infected by the virus is negligible, to say the least – and certainly does not justify continued panic closures.
COVID-19 cases recorded in the dashboard show a relatively small degree of spread among staff and students. The study looked at data collected from more than 550 schools across 46 states over a two-week period starting Aug. 31, with more than 300 schools maintaining some level of in-person classes.
Researchers found 0.23 percent of students had confirmed or suspected cases of the virus, while the rate among educators was 0.51 percent. The rates for confirmed cases were lower at 0.076 for students and 0.15 for teachers. The data included those for public and private schools, with many of the schools located in smaller communities.
Researchers at Brown University say the early evidence could mean that a return to classes this fall may not be as risky as school administrators previously expected, though they caution schools to analyze potential risks based on their own virus situation, The Washington Post reported.
"Everyone had a fear there would be explosive outbreaks of transmission in the schools. In colleges, there have been. We have to say that, to date, we have not seen those in the younger kids, and that is a really important observation,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the paper.
The Post had to add the caveat that reporting is inconsistent in parts of the country, and that is a ‘challenge’ in regards to ‘fully understanding’ the totality of the virus situation. Also, it’s not yet clear if certain school policies involving the wearing of masks and social distancing are or are not making much difference in trends.
But come on. If there were major outbreaks of disease, pestilence, and death related to COVID-19 developing in even a single school district, that story would be the lead for days and weeks to come on every network and in every Washington Press Corps outlet. After Democrats and their left-wing education hacks in the teacher's unions and administration ginned up fear and loathing for weeks ahead of schools reopening, if a district was having major exposure problems and lots of disease, we’d have heard about it by now.
And such spikes would certainly have been detected by this new Brown University-developed metric.
And, of course, there is the Swedish 'we never shut down the country or closed our schools' model of successfully navigated a virus that is something far less than a planet killer.
Nevertheless, even the model's creators have ensured that the fear porn doesn't die off completely, lest Americans return to the old new normal.
"I don't think that these numbers say all places should open schools with no restrictions or anything that comes close to that. Ultimately, school districts are going to have different attitudes toward risk," said Emily Oster, an economics professor at Brown University who helped devise the tracker.