Schools Brace For New COVID Surge: What the New Variants (and New Vaccines) Mean for Students

What you need to know about how the pandemic is shaping schools and education policy, vetted by AEI Visiting Fellow John Bailey.

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Variants and Vaccines

BA.2.86 Variant

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Reformulated Vaccines

State of Affairs

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Another Summer Wave

Pediatric Cases on the Rise

  • Via American Academy of Pediatrics: “Recent analysis of the data shows the number of children under age 18 with confirmed COVID-19 at hospital admission increased nearly five-fold from 237 new admissions the week ending June 17 to 1,175 in the week ending Sept. 9.”
  • “June had the lowest level of pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions since data collection began in 2020.”

Variants Fueling the Latest Wave

  • The main variants driving cases are EG.5 and FL.1.5.1, both XBB variant descendants that share a mutation known as F456L, which appears to be helping them spread more than other virus siblings. 

Free COVID Tests Coming Back

More Key Insights

  • Schools Grapple With COVID Safety Amid Late Summer Surge: Via Axios

… And on a Lighter Note

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