The U.K., France and other European countries are closing businesses in another wave of lock downs, as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations rise. But unlike in the spring, schools are open. Infections are also surging across the U.S., where in many places in-person classrooms are closed and distance learning has become the norm. But there’s growing evidence schools can open safely, with reasonable precautions and, perhaps soon, regular testing.
The ABC Science Collaboratives, supported by Duke University researchers, are working with school boards, superintendents, principals, teachers, health departments and the state of North Carolina to share data and best practices among more than 50 districts. The findings so far suggest that spread is limited when cases occur in North Carolina districts that are open for some in-person instruction.
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