U.S. Leaders Divided On Whether Students Should Return to School

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Many parents are worried about sending their kids back to school. Teachers are also concerned and many are wondering – should schools reopen? Is it safe? There’s been a big jump in cases among children.

Still, as some public health officials have warned about opening schools in states with COVID-19 hot-spots, others want students back in class, including President Donald Trump.

“For the most part, they do very well. I mean, they don’t get very sick. They don’t catch it easily. They don’t get very sick.”

The governor of Florida also made a statement on the return to school.

“In terms of risks to school kids, this is lower risk than seasonal influenza,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

However, medical experts say having youth in crowded hallways and classrooms poses a significant threat. A former professor from Harvard Medical School says it’s risky.

“You’re waiting for a second fire to erupt,” William Haseltine said. “You’re pouring fuel on a raging fire.”

More than 800 students in Georgia’s Cherokee County are in quarantine due to possible coronavirus exposure. This comes one week after in-person learning began.

“We are not out of the woods yet and we cannot take our foot off the gas,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “I’m asking that all Georgians continue to remain vigilant as we continue this fight.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, over the past four weeks, there’s been a 90 percent hike in known COVID-19 cases among U.S.

The director at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says September might see far more coronavirus cases.

“We think we’re going to see an explosion of cases in September that will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day,” Michael Osterholm said. “And this is just going to continue increasing, getting higher and higher in terms of numbers.”