Media outlets are again fearmongering over COVID-19; this time as it relates to schools reopening across the country.
The Washington Post on Thursday reported that at least six teachers have died since school began again, with most states implementing some kind of hybrid education system where students would spend a couple days a week in class and the rest remote learning from home. The Hill took the Post’s report a step further with the more frightening headline: “Teachers in at least five states have died with coronavirus since fall semester started.” The report acknowledges that six teachers died across those five states, but waits to explain that it “is unknown whether these teachers became infected at school.”
Looking into the specific cases, however, suggests the teachers did not contract the virus while at their respective schools. This does not lessen the tragedy of their deaths, however, the media should not use their deaths to scare others unnecessarily.