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    Study of Rural Schools Suggests Class Can Continue Even Where Coronavirus Infection Rates Are High | Education News

    By requiring masks and grouping students into small cohorts, rural schools may be able to maintain a low risk of coronavirus transmission – even when community infection rates are high, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. The report, published Tuesday, is the first to look exclusively at rural schools, and, though limited in scope, it offers some evidence that in certain instances in-person school is possible with community transmission rates as high as 40{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. “These findings suggest that, with proper mitigation strategies, K-12 schools might be capable of opening for in-person learning with minimal in-school transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” the researchers concluded, using the full name…

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    CDC finds scant spread of coronavirus in schools with precautions in place

    The CDC team reviewed data from studies in the United States and abroad and found the experience in schools differed from nursing homes and high-density work sites where rapid spread has occurred. “The preponderance of available evidence from the fall school semester has been reassuring,” wrote three CDC researchers in a viewpoint piece published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission.” The novel coronavirus uses a number of tools to infect our cells and replicate. What we’ve learned from SARS and MERS can help fight covid-19. (The Washington Post) The review, which echoes…

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    Coronavirus job losses: The pandemic destroyed 225 million jobs worldwide, but billionaires got richer, reports find

    According to another report released Monday, by the anti-poverty nonprofit group Oxfam, the combined wealth of the world’s 10 richest men has risen by more than $500 billion since the crisis began — enough to vaccinate the entire planet and then some, according to the organization. Both sets of findings identify rising inequity as one of the pandemic’s principal outcomes. “Job destruction has disproportionately affected low-paid and low‑skilled jobs,” which “points to the risk of an uneven recovery, leading to still greater inequality in the coming years,” the ILO found. That unevenness is already apparent: Global poverty could take 14 times longer to return to pre-pandemic levels than the recovery…

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    Measuring the Impact of the Coronavirus on Teachers, Students and Schools | Education News

    The Biden administration is set to give educators and school leaders the very thing that the previous administration refused them: a centralized data collection to help them understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students and teachers alongside the status of in-person learning for schools and districts across the country. The directive, which was included in an executive order signed by the president last week and falls to the Institute of Education Sciences to facilitate, is part of the Biden administration’s sprawling plan to curb COVID-19 in the U.S. and get the country’s economy and school systems back up and running. It’s a herculean task, given the country’s 13,000…

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    Coronavirus pandemic cost equivalent of 255 million jobs: UN report

    The coronavirus pandemic cost the equivalent of 255 million jobs worldwide, quadruple the losses during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, according to new research by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO). The report, released Monday, puts the losses as a result of restrictions at 8.8 percent of work hours worldwide. The pandemic hit women harder than men, with employment losses for women at 5 percent compared to 3.9 percent for men. Women were also more likely overall to drop out of the labor pool altogether amid the pandemic. The ILO also found younger workers were disproportionately affected, with an 8.7 percent loss among those 15 to 24 compared to 3.7 percent for older…

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    Biden order lets people who quit jobs where they thought they might catch coronavirus to collect unemployment

    FOX Business’ Gerri Willis on how manufacturers are faring right now and Biden’s upcoming ‘Buy American’ plan. Continuing a flurry of executive action, President Biden signed an order Friday calling on the Labor Department to allow workers to collect unemployment benefits if they quit jobs they fear put them at risk for COVID-19. Pointing to a Gallup Poll finding that found 43{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of Americans live in a household where at least one member has a preexisting condition, the White House wrote in a release: “The President is asking the Department of Labor to consider clarifying that workers have a federally guaranteed right to refuse employment that will jeopardize their health…

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    Workers with coronavirus ailments struggle to resume jobs

    Emergency room nurse Louise McLellan recalls her life prior to contracting COVID-19 in March: She liked to kayak with her husband and make her signature cookie – the peanut butter explosion – to bring to work the next day. Ten months later, McLellan, 53, still hasn’t fully recovered. She struggles to bake, and kayaking is out of the question because of lingering lung problems that leave her out of breath. That made it difficult to perform her job when she tried returning to work in June. “I lasted two hours,” she recalls. The physical demands of an emergency room nurse were too taxing to given her long-haul symptoms, she says. And when she asked to switch…

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