Keep schools open, says the governor of South Dakota

She’s done her homework.

She is Gov. Kristi Noem. “When it comes to schools,” she says, “the science is clear: we need to open them.”

Her arguments?

[T]he virus doesn’t impact [the children] on the same level as the flu. A JAMA Pediatrics report states, “Our data indicate that children are at far greater risk of critical illness from influenza than from COVID-19.”

“SARS-CoV-2 appears to behave differently in children and adolescents than other common respiratory viruses, such as influenza, on which much of the current guidance regarding school closures is based,” says theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics.


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