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Old 03-12-2020, 03:54 PM
 
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/healt...-defeat-virus/

If true, would there really be any reason to cancel school for kids this year?

The article says nothing about kids not getting the Coronavirus. Where did you get that from?
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Old 03-12-2020, 04:57 PM
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Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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From what I've read, kids are likely to have much milder symptoms but still be able to infect others.

Preventing large gatherings is supposed to be the best way to slow the spread of the virus, and school is a daily large gathering of people who may not have developed the best hygiene habits yet, so it makes sense to cancel school in affected areas.
That is the key behind school closings. I've told my youngest sister (not a kid, but a teen in college, whose school just moved to online instruction) to limit her out of house activities as our parents are still older and at higher risk for serious complications if they come into contact with the virus.
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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The article says nothing about kids not getting the Coronavirus. Where did you get that from?
I found one article that mentioned kids at the end, but it’s in the context of mortality rate, not that they can’t get it. The sample was from China.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mar...7-35CBCDC8E222

“The sample’s overall case-fatality rate was 2.3%, in line with the earlier global estimates for the virus. No deaths occurred in those aged 9 years and younger, but cases in those aged 70 to 79 years had an 8% fatality rate and those aged 80 years and older had a fatality rate of 14.8%.

No deaths were reported among mild and severe cases. The fatality rate was 49% among critical cases, and elevated among those with preexisting conditions: 10.5% for people with cardiovascular disease, 7.3% for diabetes, 6.3% for chronic respiratory disease, 6% for hypertension, and 5.6% for cancer.”
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:21 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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If true, would there really be any reason to cancel school for kids this year?
Again you are missing the whole point. This virus is not about YOU getting it, or children getting it. It's about them possibly infecting others, mainly old people.
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:22 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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So that politicians and others can appear to be "doing something."
They should be doing something... months ago!
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:46 PM
 
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/healt...-defeat-virus/

If true, would there really be any reason to cancel school for kids this year?
It might have to do with teachers getting sick and staying home as well as the fact that the kids transmit the virus even when they don't show symptoms.
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:15 AM
 
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Kids can absolutely get it. Where do you see that they can't? Their symptoms are usually just much milder, but they are every bit as contagious as someone with more severe symptoms.
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Kids mostly being "carriers" actually makes more of a reason to close schools. If they show no symptoms but can pass it on to the teachers (especially the older ones who are more likely to get very sick) that is a bigger problem than if they are home sick.
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:39 AM
 
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I feel like school closings are taking what is already a petri dish and launching it into the community. So now, for 3 weeks, my son will be 6’ or closer to many many more adults than than he would normally be. I happen to work from home and my child is older so this closing is not such a hardship for my family, but many many families will be forced to rely on GRANDPARENTS and other non-working family members for child care, thus repeatedly exposing this elderly population to a disease vector that they would normally only have a limited exposure to.
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Old 03-13-2020, 08:13 AM
 
Location: in a rocker on the porch.
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Kids ARE getting COVID 19, but they don't get AS sick as the other end of the age spectrum.
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Kids can absolutely get it. Where do you see that they can't? Their symptoms are usually just much milder, but they are every bit as contagious as someone with more severe symptoms.
Correct, kids CAN get the virus but have better immune systems to combat it. A 3 year old in NY has it along with her parents.
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