Remember this post? It described a study being conducted by an economist at Brown University on infection rates at American schools that reopened last month. The data at the time was slim, covering just the first two weeks of September. But it was encouraging.
How encouraging? Quote: “Tracking infections over a two-week period beginning Aug. 31, [researchers at Brown University] found that 0.23 percent of students had a confirmed or suspected case of covid-19. Among teachers, it was 0.49 percent. Looking only at confirmed cases, the rates were even lower: 0.078 percent for students and 0.15 percent for teachers.” Fewer than one in a thousand kids and around one in 700 teachers.
The same economist has a piece in The Atlantic today with new data from the second half of September. The bad news is that case rates were up in both groups. The very good and very important news is that they were *barely* up. Infections continue to be exceedingly rare at U.S. schools. In light of these numbers and the obvious risk to kids’ intellectual development by slowing down schooling, it’s obvious that school districts should be more aggressive in trying to reopen.