“As the country continues to debate whether schools should reopen for in-person classes, Fox News has been arguing for weeks that the risk to children from the coronavirus is minimal and attacking teachers unions that are concerned about returning safely. President Donald Trump has done the same, recently doubling down on his calls for reopening schools and downplaying the dangers to children, including in an appearance on the network. But evidence continues to confirm that the coronavirus does in fact pose a risk to children (and their families and school staff), as reports come out of outbreaks at summer camps and at schools that have already reopened and now face sometimes disastrous results.
Evidence shows COVID-19 poses a risk to children
A report recently found that there has been a 90% increase in COVID-19 cases in children in the last four weeks, and 86 children have died of the virus since May. The Los Angeles Times reported that coronavirus cases in children are surging in California, up 150% last month; in Florida, COVID-19 cases in children were up 137%.
While studies have shown that symptoms are generally milder in children and babies than in adults, the disease can cause complications in children with underlying health conditions, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that children are still “at risk for severe COVID-19.” Research has also concluded that Black and Hispanic children face more severe impacts from coronavirus, likely because of longstanding racial disparities in health care and access. And in June, scientists identified children as a possible vector for mass transmission.”
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