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Infectious disease experts identify coronavirus safety measures for reopening schools

The question of reopening schools in the fall, and to what extent, remains highly polarized nationwide. In a participant poll during the webinar, however, 72% reported feeling very or somewhat unconfident that fully reopening in fall will be safe for students and teachers.

While data cited during the webinar shows children have significantly lower rates of infection and transmission of COVID-19 — they currently account for about 7% of all U.S. cases — there are still significant percentages of adults in school buildings who are either in vulnerable age groups or have pre-existing conditions putting them at higher risk.

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