Nearly 100,000 Children In America Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Two Weeks
Worrying numbers have emerged from America just weeks before schools are meant to reopen in several cities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says at least 97,000 children have tested positive for coronavirus in two weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
From July 16 to July 30, the Academy recorded the incredibly high number of positive test results but researchers hope it will be able to shed light on how children are affected by the pandemic.
Vanderbilt University's Dr. Tina Hartert says they will be ramping up testing to ensure they know as quickly as possible if a child is infectious. She says there will be 2,000 test kits sent out to families as part of a government-funded trial.
"The kits are shipped to the families, they are taught how to collect these samples, and then the samples are sent back by the families to a central repository,' she said to CBS News.
There have been some concerns about whether to send children back to school, especially considering America is still in the grips of the first wave of coronavirus infections. Some states are still recording thousands of new cases a day and hundreds of deaths.
Calls for kids to go back to campus have gone all the way up to President Donald Trump, who thinks it's time they got back in the classroom.
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Despite concerns from some to keep kids at home until the rate of infections drops, leaders have been working out ways to ensure every child is safe if and when they return.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a speech aimed at parents: "They've looked at examples from all over the world of what will keep the school community safe, and they've made a series of choices of how to do things from the health and safety lens first, while also making sure we can educate our kids."
Some schools have suggested introducing plexiglass sheets for some students, while others have talked about face masks, social distancing students inside classrooms, and massive amounts of disinfectant and cleaning operations.
But there have been isolated coronavirus case outbreaks that have already caused headaches for some schools.
One campus in Indiana had to close just hours after reopening after a student tested positive for the virus.
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