Several counties across the U.S. have temporarily suspended school because of a surge in coronavirus cases among students and faculty early in the academic year.
Why it matters: Richard Besser, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NBC this week he believes more schools will close due to COVID-19 than last year because the Delta variant spreads with greater ease than other versions of the virus.
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“I think this fall is going to be really challenging for schools,” Besser said. “I expect that it’s going to jump around different classrooms, and schools will be forced to shut down more than they did in fact last year.”