Dr. Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University in Rhode Island, analyzed data from about 200,000 children in 47 states and concluded that elementary and secondary schools are not super-spreaders of the CCP Virus as the media and some Democratic leaders have been reporting recently, Breitbart reported.
Oster analyzed the data from two weeks in September and the results were really encouraging: Among 1,000 children only 1.3 of them were infected, while among teachers 2.2 out of every 1,000 people tested positive for the CCP Virus.
Oster said, “Fear and bad press slowed down or canceled school reopenings elsewhere. Many large urban school districts chose not to open for in-person instruction, even in places with relatively low positivity rates.”
“We are starting to get an evidence-based picture of how school reopenings and remote learning are going (those photos of hallways don’t count), and the evidence is pointing in one direction. Schools do not, in fact, appear to be major spreaders of COVID-19 [the CCP Virus],” Oster said in her article.
Oster also noted that in Florida, a state that last week returned to full normalcy despite criticism from teachers’ unions and mainstream media, no spikes in infection have been reported as predicted.
“School-based data from other sources show similarly low rates,” the economist noted. “Texas reported 1,490 cases among students for the week ending on September 27, with 1,080,317 students estimated at school—a rate of about 0.14 percent. The staff rate was lower, about 0.10 percent.”
Oster pointed to some Democratic leaders for ignoring this scientific data that solidly proves that the schools do not represent the risk that had been predicted and instead decided to close them again, citing the case of New York’s Gov. Cuomo who backed down from the measure.
Oster pointed out that there is irreparable damage to children who cannot attend school because learning stages are lost and are not replaced with remote learning that generates “toxic stress.”
The same data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the virus is more lethal for people over 65 and with pre-existing conditions, while healthy children and our youth appear to be more resistant and the effect of the virus on them is similar to that of a seasonal flu.