Dr. Dimitri Christakis: ‘We Have to Realize that Closing Schools Does Cost Lives’

‘Schools should be, in my opinion, the last thing to close and the first thing to open’


CHRISTAKIS: "So what we found was that the decision to close schools in the spring almost certainly resulted, over time, in more life years lost than saved. And the reason for that is because education improves health and distance learning does not work, particularly for primary school children without parental involvement. So what does that mean? That means that children today in primary school are less likely to graduate. And in time, that's going to mean that they live shorter lives. On average, three months less. It’s invisible now, but those years, those life years will be lost over time in the end. So back to your question. Should schools be open or closed? We have to think about it holistically, and we have to realize that closing schools does cost lives. Schools should be, in my opinion, the last thing to close and the first thing to open.”

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