Should-Schools-Open-and-Youth-Sports-resume-during-COVID-19-on-The-Call-Room-with-Dr.-Robert-Berry Welcome back to another episode of The Call Room with Dr. Robert Berry! As the lockdown progresses farther and farther into summer, people are starting to ask the same question: what’s going to happen when school starts? Is it safe for students to go back? Is it safe for sports to start up again? Parents and teachers alike have good reason to ask this question.

Both for their children’s sake and for theirs, there is a lot at stake. For young people, we all want to know if exposure of them to COVID is as dangerous as it has been for adults. Research is starting to suggest our knowledge of their being vectors for the disease is not as sure as we once thought. And on the other side, parents need to find a way to mitigate the collateral damage of this outbreak. With daycare and school possibly both being shut down, where will they turn to have their children get taken care of?

I know this is a stressful and difficult time for children and parents everywhere. It’s a risk they all will have to make. But it doesn’t have to a blind step forward! Today on the show, we’re talking about the recent studies and research regarding young people and school and their effectiveness in spreading and getting COVID-19.

“We want to use evidence in order to make decisions. That’s how we as physicians make medical decisions.” – Dr. Robert Berry

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Show Notes:

  • Dr. Berry’s personal stake in the issue of reopening schools
  • What we can learn from the recent study done on Icelanders during the pandemic
  • The collateral damage to students during the lockdown
  • Why we shouldn’t be as concerned with young kids spreading COVID to others
  • What shutting down daycares and school will do for working-class families
  • Why Dr. Berry thinks we can start youth sports again
  • How masks for young kids can actually be dangerous
  • Why misuse of masks makes them ineffective for the general public
  • What COVID might be having our young people and children miss out on
“I think all of us should learn as we go through the COVID crisis, we need to learn to ask good questions.” – Dr. Robert Berry

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“The data really shows that kids are really safe.” – Dr. Robert Berry