The federal and state governments who say it is safe for children to return to school are working off the latest evidence. Here are five reasons we know it’s safe.
1. Kids get infected with coronavirus at much lower rates than adults.
This is the case in Australia and throughout the world. There are no clear explanations for this yet, but it is a consistent finding across the pandemic.
Although SARS-CoV-2 can cause COVID-19 in school-aged children, it rarely does and children with the disease have mild symptoms.
Fewer than 150 children below 15 years have been infected with SARS-COV-2 in Australia since the pandemic began. This is compared to the 6,695 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia at 25 April, 2020.
2. Children rarely get severely ill from COVID-19.
Data from around the world and Australia have confirmed children very rarely require hospitalisation, and generally only…