Report: Nearly One-Third Of Florida Children Tested Are Positive For Coronavirus

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The positive test rate for children in Florida is three times higher than the positivity rate statewide.

Almost one third of children tested for coronavirus in Florida test positive for the disease. Out of 54,022 children tested for the disease, 31.1 percent tested positive. The statewide average positivity rate is 11 percent. Health officials fear that the disease could cause long term damage for children since its effects are unknown. Preliminary studies have shown lung damage to those even with mild cases.

Palm Beach County health department director Alina Alonso said, “They are seeing there is damage to the lungs in these asymptomatic children. ... We don’t know how that is going to manifest a year from now or two years from now.” Most cases of coronavirus in children are relatively mild, though some have suffered more severe infections.

Governor Ron Desantis (R-FL) will be meeting with government officials this week to discuss how Florida schools can safely open up in the fall. They hope to open at least “five days per week for all students.” This has not come without pushback. The American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in on the issue, issuing a statement along with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Education Association (NEA) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

“Returning to school is important for the healthy development and well-being of children, but we must pursue re-opening in a way that is safe for all students, teachers and staff. Science should drive decision-making on safely reopening schools. Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics. We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is best to open up school buildings, and listen to educators and administrators to shape how we do it.”

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