The US will keep schools open despite the rise in COVID-19 cases.


The US will keep schools open despite the rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, announced that due to the progress of Ómicron, there might be a lack of educational personnel. Still, the idea is to put replacements and maintain face-to-face classes. The country has a record of infections, with about 400,000 a day in the last week.

The Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona, assured this Sunday that the objective is to keep the schools open for students to attend in person, although he acknowledged that there might be some problems at the beginning of the year due to the increase in cases of covid-19.

"We have been very clear: we expect that schools are open full time for students to come in person. We remember the impact of last year's school closings, "Cardona said in an interview on Fox television.

However, Cardona acknowledged that there might be problems "especially this week" when students plan to return to classes after the Christmas holidays.

Specifically, he indicated that the latest data indicates that between 5% and 10% of school employees have reported that they will not be able to go to educational centers because they are infected on Monday.

Cardona insisted on the effectiveness of vaccines, available in the country for those over 5 years of age, noting that where "vaccination rates" are high, there are fewer disruptions "in schools.

Several US school districts have, in fact, delayed back-to-school days for all students and teachers to take pre-school testing.

The United States is experiencing a record of COVID-19 infections with the arrival of the omicron variant, with about 400,000 a day in the last week. According to the White House's principal adviser in the fight against the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, the country is experiencing "an almost vertical increase" in coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant advances.

"We are definitely amid a very severe increase in cases," said the US government's chief epidemiologist on ABC's This Week program, noting that the rising infection rate is "truly unprecedented."

But Fauci said the experience from South Africa, where the strain was first detected in late November and peaked quickly and then declined almost as quickly, offers some hope.

He added that evidence is mounting that Omicron is smoother than previous variants. Death and hospitalization rates in the United States have been much lower in recent weeks than in earlier waves of coronavirus.

However, America's leading infectious disease expert said the danger of increased hospitalizations remains due to a large number of coronavirus cases, even though early data suggests that the Omicron variant is less severe.

"The only difficulty is that, if there are so many cases, even though the hospitalization rate is lower with Ómicron than with Delta, there is still the danger of an increase in hospitalizations that could stress the health system," added Fauci in another interview with CNN.

The United States, like other countries, has been struggling to find a balance that protects public health without seriously damaging the economy or hitting critical services like policing and air travel.

Given that the children will return to school on the Monday after the end of the year break, both Fauci and the US Secretary of Education ensured that face-to-face classes could be conducted safely if proper precautions were taken.

Fauci again pleaded with parents to ensure their children are vaccinated, wear masks, and get tested for covid if necessary.