Breakthrough COVID-19 infections add even more chaos to school’s start in 2021
In the two weeks leading up to classes, 3,255 students tested positive for the coronavirus in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Last week, more than 3,000 students and staff members in Florida’s Brevard Public Schools had to go into quarantine. And in Hawaii, some schools are pulling the plug on in-class learning entirely, returning to remote versions.
Nationwide between Aug. 5 and Aug 12, about 121,000 children tested positive for the virus, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. That’s a 23% increase over the prior week.
“Time and time again we’re seeing kids return to school and then come home — either after an exposure or sick themselves,” says Nicole Braxley, an emergency medicine physician at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Sacramento. “The virus sheds for a couple of days before the patient has symptoms. Entire families are suddenly exposed.”
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