Vaccines for young children? - The New York Times

For seven days, before school starts, close contacts of the infected child are tested for coronavirus. If they have no symptoms and have...


For seven days, before school starts, close contacts of the infected child are tested for coronavirus. If they have no symptoms and have a negative test result, they can go to class.

One district, Marietta, Georgia, launched a test-to-stay policy in September, more than a month after school started. Before that, from August 3 to 20, 51 positive tests had sent nearly 1,000 people to quarantine. “It’s a lot of school, especially for kids who are recovering from 18 months of the pandemic,” said Grant Rivera, the superintendent.

And students hardly learn in quarantine, The Associated Press reported.

The CDC says it “does not have enough evidenceTo support the process. It recommends that close contacts who have not been fully vaccinated remain in quarantine for up to 14 days. (Close contacts who have been vaccinated may remain in the classroom as long as they are symptom-free and wearing a mask, according to the agency’s educational orientation.)

Still, test-to-stay programs are spreading in the United States, and countries in Western Europe have invested in rapid antigen testing to prevent people from unnecessarily self-quarantining, as my colleagues from The Morning newsletter explained on Tuesday.

British schools, for example, have long relied on regular rapid testing instead of masks.

The researchers there found that schools with test-to-stay programs did not have significantly higher case rates than schools with mandatory quarantines. The researchers found that about 2% of close contacts in school settings ultimately turned out to be positive.

And in Utah, where 13 schools held test-to-stay events earlier this year, just 0.7 percent of 13,809 students tested positive, researchers reported in May. The program saved more than 100,000 in-person student days last winter, the researchers found.

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