Despite a growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield says children are safest at school during the pandemic.
Redfield said that evidence shows that students are contracting the virus from family gathering and local events, rather than their schools.
"The infections that we've identified in schools when they've been evaluated were not acquired in schools. They were actually acquired in the community and in the household," Redfield said. "The truth is, for kids K-12, one of the safest places they can be, from our perspective, is to remain in school, and it's really important that following the data, making sure we don't make emotional decisions about what to close and what not to close. I'm here to say clearly the data strongly supports that K-12 schools — as well as institutes of higher learning — really are not where we're having our challenges."
The United States currently has nearly 12 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the CDC.