- The Washington Times - Monday, February 8, 2021

A new COVID-19 study by Duke University appears to confirm the argument that life can essentially return to normal with the right hygienic protocols in place.

Researchers who monitored 6,830 staff members and children at 54 YMCA day camps across six counties found two symptomatic cases of the virus within the group from March through August 2020.

“This truly does have implications for places where youth can benefit from in-person programming, ethically, because these settings play such an important role for the health and the wellness … and mental wellness included in youth in our community,” Dr. Emily D’Agostino, an assistant professor at Duke in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, recently told a local ABC affiliate.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, was conducted across the North Carolina counties of Durham, Wake, Orange, Chatham, Johnston and Lee.

Two-thirds of the day camps were indoors or a mixture of indoors and outdoors.

The station noted that a variant of the virus first found in South Africa was not identified or examined in the study.

More than 264,000 U.S. deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 out of over 27 million cases recorded across the nation.

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