At a coronavirus task force briefing Wednesday, the CDC director said schools are the “safest place” for children to be during the pandemic.
Dr. Robert Redfield of the CDC said, “the truth is, for kids K through 12, one of the safest places they can be, from our perspective, is to remain in school.”
He added, “I will say, back in the spring, there was limited data; today, there’s extensive data that we have — we’ve gathered over the last two to three months — to confirm that K-through- 12 schools can operate with face-to-face learning, and they can do it safely and they can do it responsibly.”
Children are more likely to be exposed to the virus outside of the classroom, research has found.
“The infections that we’ve identified in schools, when they’ve been evaluated, were not acquired in schools. They were actually acquired in the community and in the household,” Redfield explained.