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COVID-19 And Reopening Schools: No Easy Answers

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There's a lot of confusion and conflicting information about how COVID-19 affects kids and what that may mean for the safe reopening of schools. The lead researcher on a large study on how children experience COVID joined the show to sort out fact from fiction.

Despite two decades in pediatrics, Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Pediatrics in San Antonio does her best to keep up with new information as this pandemic evolves. But the challenges of misinformation, mistrust in institutions, and the simple unknown of fighting a new disease have made her job much more difficult. 

What can we learn from the 1918 flu pandemic? There are a lot of parallels between how cities handled—or failed to handle—outbreaks back then and how cities are addressing the current pandemic. 

What about outdoor classes? A proponent of outdoor classes says research shows it’s beneficial for students, and it’s an even better option now. 

If classes must be indoors, what can we expect? A health expert talks about indoor transmission risk, and we explore how to safely bring students back for in-person, indoor classes. 

Finally, President Trump wants schools to open in the fall. He points to Germany to support his case, saying it opened with no problems. So, we talked to a reporter in Germany about how they're handling schools. 

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Reported and Produced by: Bonnie Petrie, Dominic Anthony Walsh, Michael Treviño, Jolene Almendarez and Lucy Huang. Special contribution from Houston Public Media’s Laura Isensee.

Sound Design and Music: Jacob Rosati

Executive Producer: Fernanda Camarena 

Host: Bonnie Petrie 

TPR News Director: Dan Katz

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