Yesterday Ohio announced it was closing its public schools for the next three weeks in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Closings like these are accelerating across the country, but why are they necessary when kids haven’t been hit the hardest by the virus? Do school closures really help?

University of Michigan public health scholar Aubree Gordon explains that kids can transmit viruses longer than adults, even if they don’t show symptoms. And, kids’ hygiene habits aren’t usually as – um, “advanced” as adults’. So, Gordon writes, “most countries’ pandemic plans include plans for school closures.”

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