The New York Times reported on a new study out of South Korea which is being used a part of the argument to keep schools closed this fall, but there are some serious issues with the underlying data and the way the NYT reported it:

Professor Francois Balloux, Director of the UCL Genetics Institute in the UK calls it “an atrocious take on a fairly murky and confused report”:

Pretty much:

More on the underlying issues here from infectious disease expert Alasdair Munro, summarized as “But it’s a total bomb on the conclusion that children aged 10-20 transmit the most. We have no idea if they transmitted to all or none of these secondary cases”:

Maybe the NYT should address their very bad article?

It’s worse than “sad.” There are very real consequences right now: