headshot of Prof. Amy Greer
Prof. Amy Greer

Prof. Amy Greer, Department of Population Medicine, spoke to CBC News about a commentary piece she co-wrote for The Globe and Mail that examined what she thinks will be needed to keep children safe from infection with COVID-19 when they return to classrooms this fall.

Greer discussed the three-prong approach she and her two colleagues laid out in The Globe and Mail commentary, which includes decreasing community spread. It also incudes re-structuring classrooms and school days to put space between children.

“If we want students to be able to come back to school full-time, we need to be able to spread them out,” Greer told CBC Radio’s Here and Now.

“We can’t do that in our current school infrastructure. It would require additional resources. It will require more space.”

The holder of the Canada Research Chair in Population Disease Modelling, Greer is currently part of a research team that is analyzing and modelling COVID-19 spread in order to advise public health agencies predict how the disease might spread further.