January 17, 2021

PROOF POINTS: Two new studies point to virus thresholds for in-person school

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Two new studies on whether to keep schools open during the coronavirus pandemic come to strikingly similar conclusions: it’s not a simple yes or no. Instead, there are public health thresholds that can indicate when in-person classes are safe.

The similarity in the results is striking considering that the research teams used different data and took different approaches to crunching the numbers.

Two of the biggest factors affecting the monthly increase in COVID-19 cases turned out to be a community’s general adherence to mask wearing, as measured by a public health survey, and what percentage of the community voted for Donald Trump in 2016 — not whether schools were open.

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