Child COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Spike in Florida Ahead of Mandate to Reopen Schools

DeVos has additionally claimed that children are "stoppers of the disease" who "don't get it and transmit it themselves,” statements that are directly contradicted by the number of cases among children in Florida and by recent research.

A study out of South Korea published last week found that children aged 10 to 19 can spread the coronavirus just as much as adults. The large study, published by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, reports that household transmission of the coronavirus “was high” for patients between 10 and 19 years of age.

“I fear that there has been this sense that kids just won’t get infected or don’t get infected in the same way as adults and that, therefore, they’re almost like a bubbled population,” Michael Osterholm, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota, told The New York Times, warning that if schools reopen the coronavirus will spread.

“There will be transmission,” he added. “What we have to do is accept that now and include that in our plans.”

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