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Can You Protect Kids from COVID-19 at School?


 The first week back to school in the COVID-19 era brought alarming scenes from Georgia, one of the first states to reopen schools.

  • A photo of a high school hallway packed with teenagers -- most not wearing masks -- went viral.
  • More than 200 teachers and staff at another metro Atlanta school district tested positive or might have had exposure.
  • A second-grader tested positive after attending the first day of school.

“It’s scary, and I’m not a fear-mongering type of person,” said Candice Jones, MD, a pediatrician based in Orlando, FL, of the Georgia news -- particularly the hallway photo that left her “speechless.”

She said, “My mouth fell open. I questioned whether it was a real photo.”

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