Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, director of ICAP at Columbia University, is quoted in a July 27 article in Insider Magazine on school reopening and how to mitigate COVID-19 risk:
Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology and medicine and the director of ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, said schools should be screening for illnesses among students and staff, lower classroom densities, space out desks, and require face masks if they want to accurately adhere to public health measures.
But before that, she told Insider, they must evaluate the status of COVID-19 in their community and determine whether or not it would be a risk to reopen schools.
“The risk is dependent on transmission risk in the community and transmission risk in the school,” El-Sadr said. “Schools have to take into account the situation in their communities as they decide what to do.”