The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “overly burdensome” guidelines on returning to school are “dismissive” of science, which shows “more kids die when schools are closed,” according to a Johns Hopkins University expert.
“Defying science, the guidelines create testing and distancing requirements so extreme it makes consistent in-person learning unachievable for the vast majority of schools in America today,” Makary wrote. “For instance, if a community has a high rate of COVID transmission, the CDC says students and teachers will need to be tested weekly. That’s not easy to set up for many school systems.”
He said the guidelines were “dismissive” of data showing the negative consequences that school closures have had on youth — including higher rates of suicide and substance abuse and an increasing hunger crisis