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How might we use information from studies of Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes and summer camps to inform the reopening of schools?

Families Infection and Spread School Staying Safe

A: Let’s consider nursing homes and summer camps. While these environments are different from schools for a host of reasons, the knowledge gained from these settings does inform the critical decisions being made about educating children in the fall. A recent study of Covid-19 spread in nursing homes led by Dr. Elizabeth White found that

Should K-12 schools reopen in the fall, and if so, how?

Reopening School

** Updated on 7/18/2020 to clarify that our position is that community outbreak control is a pre-req for safe school reopening plans. Schools can only reopen safely IF there is already good community control of the outbreak in place. ** A: If we want schools to reopen for in-person instruction, here is what is needed:

Will temperature checks actually work? What else can schools and businesses do to quickly scan for potentially infectious people?

Clinical Symptoms Infection and Spread Reopening School

A: There’s reason to be skeptical about temperature checks. COVID-19 is infectious for several days before symptoms appear. Scanning folks as they enter a building for a fever won’t do much to prevent people who are pre-symptomatic from entering and spewing infectious droplets all over the place. Gross. At this point, we need to embrace

Advice for College-Bound Students and Their Parents

School Staying Safe

Time for another Nerdy Guest! This post addresses questions college-bound students and their parents might have about health on campus. Teri Aronowitz, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN is an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston & a Family Nurse Practitioner at Boston University Student Health Services. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American

What’s Happening with School Reopening in Israel?

School Staying Safe

Dear Pandemic is psyched to introduce today’s Nerdy Guest, historian Dr. Daphna Oren-Magidor, PhD, to discuss what’s happening with school reopening in Israel, where she lives with her husband and son. Q: When and under what circumstances did schools reopen in Israel? A: Israel acted fairly quickly and aggressively once the threat of COVID-19 became