All SHP News Q&As September 15, 2020

Classroom Learning With Safety In Mind: A Pediatrician’s Thoughts

For a recent 1:2:1 podcast, Stanford Medicine's Paul Costello asked Stanford Health Policy's Jason Wang about best practices for keeping schools safe and why it's important for kids to have in-person learning when possible.
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Educators across the country are making tough choices when planning for this school year. Many are extending virtual learning plans launched when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the spring, while others are reopening classrooms for in-person instruction or doing some combination of the two.

Stanford Medicine pediatrician Jason Wang, MD, PhD, reviewed the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for schools choosing to reopen, analyzing the academy's recommendations to provide a realistic view of the costs involved in sending children back to school safely.

For a recent 1:2:1 podcast, Paul Costello asked Wang about best practices for keeping schools safe and why it's important for kids to have in-person learning when possible.

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Jason Wang

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
He develops tools for assessing and improving the quality of healthcare
Dr. Jason Wang, associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford.

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Recommendations for Strict, But Costly Re-Opening of Schools

SHP's Jason Wang and School of Medicine student Henry Bair suggest schools should and can reopen safely if they follow a set of strict — though expensive — guidelines to avoid COVID-19 infections among students and teachers.
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How to Safely Reopen Colleges and Universities During COVID-19: Experiences From Taiwan

Reopening colleges and universities during the COVID-10 pandemic poses a special challenge worldwide. Taiwan is one of the few countries where schools are functioning normally. In an Annals of Internal Medicine study, Jason Wang looks at what they've done in Taiwan and whether those actions could be applied here.
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How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

Taiwan is only 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to be hard hit by the coronavirus, due to its proximity and the number of flights between the island nation and its massive neighbor to the west. Yet it has so far managed to prevent the coronavirus from heavily impacting its 23 million citizens, despite hundreds of thousands of them working and residing in China.