COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our society. No segment of the population feels this more profoundly than our school-aged children. Early in 2020, when the virus was still poorly understood but rapidly spreading across the globe, children were abruptly pulled from in-person schooling. The reasons made sense, then: try to slow the virus’s spread and provide time to prepare for the contagion. This approach was successful in many regards, as the American healthcare system was able to increase capacity and avoid being overwhelmed.
As the new school year draws near, officials in many districts still fear COVID-19 and are again considering shuttering in-person schooling. However, given that the original intent of the shelter order has been achieved, there is no longer justification for these draconian measures.
Sure, COVID-19 can infect anyone at any age. But if we’ve learned nothing else since the world shut down in March, we’ve learned the virus poses a threat largely to the elderly and those with multiple co-morbidities.…Think about it like this: If there were an infection that almost exclusively killed the young, would we respond by closing the elder care facilities? Not likely.
Read the full op-ed on Townhall by Dr. Chad Savage, founder of YourChoice Direct Care in Brighton and a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation.