“Redfield was citing preliminary evidence from an ongoing Brown University analysis – as well as observational reports that the CDC has received from school districts around the country – that suggest Kovid-19 is at a high level inside K-12 Schools are not spreading during instruction, ”a CDC spokesman said.
The tracker currently shows a daily coronavirus case rate of 17 per 100,000 students – below the 1% rate.
But this is in no small part because students are not regularly tested, said Emily Oster, a professor of economics and public policy at Brown who started the dashboard. So nobody knows if they are really infected or not.
“That’s the biggest issue with all this reporting,” Oster told CNN. “We know that children can be asymptomatic.”
Oster said the website includes data that schools and school districts voluntarily publish, as well as some statistics that report directly to the site, but it is far from complete, Oster said. She said she was surprised that Redfield referenced it when she said that a growing body of research suggests that children were not getting infected at school.
“It’s completely banana,” she said. “I think it’s as good as the good work we’re doing. It’s not my field. It’s crazy.”
The position of the Trump administration has long been that schools should maintain in-person learning when possible. Redfield is not alone – Dr., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Anthony Fauci has also stated several times that he believes the children are in school.
A CDC spokesman told CNN, “Redfield believes that schools may be one of the safest places for K-12 youth during the Kovid-19 epidemic, and the risk of closing K-12 schools is.”
“In addition to helping ensure educational advancement, K-12 schools offer nutrition, mental health, socialization, and other services and experiences that are important to the youth of our country.”
Oster said that he started the website out of personal interest. Her own children are attending school in person, and she believes it can be done safely. But currently there is no website he knows that supports the argument that children are not getting infected at school.
“Nobody is collecting systematic data and it seems like a tremendous oversight,” she said.
So he started doing this – but this is the first time to say that his data is incomplete.
“If we can get more participation from more states, it can help us understand these patterns and share information about what works and what doesn’t,” Oster said.
“It is clear to me that a federally funded, concerted effort on it would probably be better. We need more resources on this problem.”
The CDC did not immediately comment on Oster’s response.
Redfield has not insisted that all schools immediately return to face-to-face teaching
A CDC spokesperson said, “Redfield encourages communities to make decisions about in-person learning based on broadcasting levels in the community and the educational settings of schools, comparing transmission levels within a community I may have very little. “
“Certain extracurricular activities may increase the risk of transmission, especially if physical distance is not maintained and face masks are not worn. The CDC will also analyze data on school transmission and issue its findings when they become available. . “
The tracker shows data on more than 8.9 million students, including 4 million individuals. It shows a daily coronavirus case rate of 17 per 100,000 students for November 26 through November 8. According to the dashboard the staff case rate is 27 per 100,000.
It relies heavily on data from Texas and New York.
The Kovid-19 School Response Dashboard is supported by the School Superintendents Association, the principals of the National Secondary School and the principals of the National Primary School. The software company manages the Qualtix website and data.