COVID-19 surged among American kids this summer. On July 9 there were approximately 200,000 cases, and by Aug 6 that number had risen by 180,000 — an approximately 90% increase in a single month. The report, from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, counts more than 380,000 total confirmed cases in children as of August 12, 2020.
“Children carry as much of the virus in their noses and throats as adults do,” according to JAMA Pediatrics, a medical journal published by the AMA, “even if or when they have mild or moderate symptoms.” The report published on July 30 has prompted fears that students who become ill at school may invariably spread the virus to their homes and communities.
North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, reopened for in-person learning August 3. But when a video went viral of crowded hallways, and both students and teachers subsequently tested positive, in-person learning and extracurricular activities were suspended.
America’s schools began re-opening in August. The absence of federal guidelines leaves the power to choose in-person or virtual classrooms entirely to the states.