Pediatric Researchers Say Prepared Schools Should Open This Fall

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Researchers studying the transmission rates of COVID-19 as they relate to children say that, factoring in proper social distancing guidelines and local coronavirus data, schools can and should open this fall.

A commentary published in the journal "Pediatrics" says children are found to transmit COVID infrequently to each other or to adults. One of the authors says the data are "striking." 

Researchers concluded that children are not driving the pandemic, are less likely to become infected and seem less infectious. They add the belief that congregating adults not following safety protocols are responsible for the sharply-upward curve in COVID-19 cases.

Former local health care industry Dr. Britt Berrett says he appreciates the latest guidance from these researchers. 

Dr. Berrett, director of the Center for Health Care Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas, discussed the commentary, issues with contact tracing, new benefits from the Gilead drug remdesivir and other topics with KRLD's Chris Sommer.