An economist who collected coronavirus data from 841 childcare centers explains how parents should decide whether to send kids back to school
As cities start opening up, parents face the tough decision of whether to send children who’ve been stuck at home for months to daycare, or school.
To help parents with that decision, Emily Oster, an economist, collected coronavirus data from childcare centers that have stayed open during the pandemic.
The data pointed to low transmission rates among both children and staff.
Still, Oster acknowledged that the childcare decision is a personal one and that there are “no easy answers.”
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Since the pandemic hit, Emily Oster — an economist who’s authored two books on parenting and pregnancy— has been using available data to respond to families’ pressing concerns about the coronavirus. She’s touched on topics like how to safely visit grandparents and the risks the virus poses in pregnant women.
Lately, Oster’s received an outpouring of questions from parents about whether to