Congress hears testimony about impact of COVID-19 on kids

FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, socially distanced and with protective partitions students work on an art project during class at the Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, Calif. Public schools have struggled for years with teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education and languages. But the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. The stresses of teaching in the COVID-era caused a spike in teacher retirements and resignations. Now that California schools have welcomed students back to in-person learning, they face a new challenge: A shortage of teachers and all other staff, the likes of which some districts say they've never seen. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

FILE – In this March 2, 2021, file photo, socially distanced and with protective partitions students work on an art project during class at the Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, Calif. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

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Congress recently explored the impact of COVID-19 lockdown mandates on young Americans. On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee discussed the disruption of in-person learning and heard testimony from health experts.

Dr. Tracy Hoeg warned school closures have actually damaged student’s physical health. The physician went on to add, children continue to miss out on physical education classes.

“It’s screen time, it’s increasing amounts of abuse at home, it’s poor diet,” explained the doctor. “You know, kids when they’re at home, their parents are usually working not inside of the house. And so, it’s been concerning affect that kids are left to their own devices and not in P.E. or getting the same amounts of physical activity…not going to out to recess.”

While taking to Twitter after the hearing, she said she cannot emphasize enough that “schools are over-all safer than the community for kids both in terms of COVID and over-all health and safety.”

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