Youngest Students Less Likely To Spread Virus: Physician

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It is the question on the mind of every parent of a school-age child: Would my child be safe going to an in-person class?

We’ll start with some science.

Dr. Tina Tan, professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says that kids under 10 years old don’t appear to be as effective transmitters of the COVID-19 virus as kids over 10.

“So, younger kids — kids in kindergarten, first, second grade, even up to third grade — probably are OK going to school if these specific safety protocols are in place.”

Protocols include distancing and wearing asks all day long; co-horting with a group of teachers and students; good hygiene and effective ventilation in the rooms.

Dr. Tan says CPS and its teachers apparently felt they could not implement all the protocols this fall.

The Chicago Archdiocese’s schools, on the other hand, are planning to open.

Dr. Tan says here in the Chicago area, rates of infection are fairly stable — lower than downstate . She said the infection rates must be checked continually to determine if it’s safe to have in-person learning.