“No one is collecting systematic data and it seems like a tremendous oversight,” she said.
So she started doing it — but is the first to say that her data is incomplete.
“If we can get more participation from more states, it can help us understand these patterns and share information about what works and what doesn’t,” Oster said.
“It’s clear to me that a federally funded, organized effort on this would be potentially better. We need more resources on this problem.”
The CDC did not have an immediate comment on Oster’s reaction.
Redfield has not insisted that all schools got back to immediate face-to-face teaching
“Dr. Redfield encourages communities to make decisions about in-person learning based upon transmission levels in the community and also within schools’ educational settings, which can be much lower than transmission levels within a community,” the CDC spokesperson said.
“Some extracurricular activities might pose an increased risk of transmission, particularly if physical distance is not maintained and face masks are not worn. CDC will also be analyzing data on school transmission and will release its findings when they are available.”
The tracker shows data on more than 8.9 million students, including 4 million attending in person. It shows a daily coronavirus case rate of 17 per 100,000 students for October 26 through November 8. Staff case rates are at 27 per 100,000, according to the dashboard.