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Pandemic Expert: Schools Need Testing in Place to Safely Reopen

As communities weigh the risk of sending kids back to in-person classrooms, one expert says schools need to think about building “layers of safety” and that one important layer is regular testing.

“You want to be testing everybody twice a week,” says Ashish Jha, MD, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute.

In a call with reporters today, Jha said he feels like he’s spent “every waking hour of the last week” in calls with parents, teachers, school administrators, and mayors trying to solve “this very, very complicated problem” of how to reopen schools in a safe way.

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