A recent New York Times Upshot article offers comments from 133 epidemiologists on the matter of children returning to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The article expands on a survey by The Times in which it asked more than 500 epidemiologists when they planned to resume 20 common activities. Out of 304 answers to a question regarding when the respondents would send their children back to school, 70 percent said they would do so either now, this summer or in the fall.
Below are some of the comments garnered as part of the survey:
- “Children are relatively safe. I would worry about teachers.” – Lisa Herrinton, Kaiser Permanente
- “I think it would be really stupid to reopen the schools in September, given the present course of things. Really. Stupid.” – Carl V. Phillips, Epiphi Consulting
- “Unlike dining out, there is a far more substantial cost to keeping kids out of school.” – Arijit Nandi, McGill University
To read more comments on The Times, click here.