UPDATED 12:40 PM PT – Friday, October 9, 2020
New research has shown school-age children are less likely to become super spreaders of the coronavirus. According to data from Qualtrics, 0.1% of students from elementary to high school ages have tested positive for the virus so far, falling well below the 2% estimate that was projected over summer.
The study found teachers and staff had slightly higher rates of infection, but still fell under a quarter of a percent.
Meanwhile, international studies showed children under 10 have experienced an unusual response to the virus compared to other age groups. Prior to adolescence, experts reported children are less likely to transmit the disease to others.
In light of these findings, researchers began advocating for the reopening of elementary schools, while suggesting junior high and high schools open at a slower pace.
Earlier this month, the CDC reported young children make up half as many coronavirus cases compared to teenagers. Despite this, New York City decided to close hundreds of schools earlier this week as cases rose in the city.
Parents, students and lawmakers protested the sudden closures in some neighborhoods. They have argued case numbers in the region are not high enough to consider schools a public health threat to the community.
This came after nearly 56 million children returned to school this fall across the country.