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Research Hits Upon A Possible Formula For Bringing Kids Back To School


School districts are feeling a lot of pressure to get students back to school, but safely. There's little value in catching up to the curriculum if in-person school sends kids home sick.

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco developed a mathematical model that school districts can use to determine what the risks are in bringing students back, and in what numbers.

The model uses information about students who have the virus—but not the symptoms—to calculate the risk of spread. The work led to the creation of a Risk Calculator that uses infection rates in states and individual counties to allow people to plug in numbers and get projections. Take it for a test drive!

Dr. Dylan Chan from UCSF's Benioff's Children's Hospitals talks to us about the research and how it might be used.

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