Dr. Anthony Harris on Keeping Kids Safe in Schools Amid a Surge in COVID Cases

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected America’s schoolchildren in numerous ways. From remote learning and the loss of personal and social interaction to the current disruptions of in-person learning due to the Omicron variant, students are feeling the effects of losing precious in-person time in school.

With the recent CPS and CTU fight regarding resuming in-person learning and safety protocols, parents have grown increasingly frustrated. Struggling to balance children’s need to return to in-person learning along with job responsibilities and ensuring their children stay healthy and safe has caused stress and frustration with parents, teachers, and government officials.

The Biden-Harris Administration has advocated for a return to in-person learning and recently outlined its plan to keep schools open. According to the Biden-Harris Administration, 96% of schools reopened and returned to in-person learning in January 2022 versus 46% in 2021. The plan includes distributing five million rapid tests to schools each month to help K-12 schools stay open and implement and sustain screening testing in accordance with guidance from the CDC. In addition, they are using American Rescue Plan funds to connect schools with testing providers to implement School Testing Programs and provide additional lab-based PCR Tests for free to schools monthly.

Dr. Anthony Harris, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., is the Owner of HFit Health and the Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Medical Director for WorkCare. He is board-certified in occupational and environmental medicine. Dr.Anthony Harris is the former medical director of Community Occupational Medicine, LLC. He has worked as a healthcare consultant with a focus on market research, product design, and business development since 2006. Dr. Harris earned his medical and Master of Business Administration degrees at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Kelly School of Business, and his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has general surgery training, and he completed fellowship training in Biodesign and Innovation at the University of Missouri.

Today, Dr. Anthony Harris speaks with the Chicago Defender on the COVID-19 Surge and how to keep our children and schools running safely.

The CDC recommends children receiving the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5and up. In addition to vaccination and boosters, social distancing and wearing masks significantly reduces the likelihood of serious illness or hospitalization because of the COVID-19 virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CDC Website.

For more information on Dr. Anthony Harris and his work, please visit, www.workcare.com.

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