Covid-19 Increases in Florida Don’t Justify Broad Shutdown and Closing Schools

Original source: The Capitolist

July 22, 2020

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The disproportionate impact that Covid has on the most vulnerable is a tragedy, but it neither justifies another broad shutdown nor the closing of schools.

The best medical evidence suggests that schools can reopen for in-person instruction as normal at the end of the summer. Children don’t seem to be affected by the disease much if at all. Adolescents also face an extremely low risk.

School is vital for children’s scholastic and social development. More than half of all Florida students rely on their schools for food. Virtual schooling has been a disaster, with disproportionately bad outcomes for minorities who have less access to broadband. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

Read the full op-ed on The Capitolist by Lee S. Gross, MD, a practicing family physician in North Port, FL. He is also the President of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation, a national health policy thinktank of practicing physicians, and a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation.