No rapid spread of Covid-19 in schools (study)

No rapid spread of Covid-19 in schools (study)
No rapid spread of Covid-19 in schools (study)

Schools that enforce physical distancing, mask wear, and other health precautions have not seen rapid spread of the coronavirus within them, according to an analysis. However, physical activities indoors should be prohibited.

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The researchers, working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), reviewed data from studies conducted in schools in three U.S. states and some European countries. Their analysis was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

‘While many schools have reopened for face-to-face instruction in parts of the United States, as well as internationally, school-related cases of Covid-19 have been reported. But there is little evidence that schools have contributed significantly to an increase in transmissions’ at the local level, they said.

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The majority of the existing evidence, covering the first semester of school, has been reassuring to the extent that the kind of rapid spread that has been frequently observed in cohabitation places, or high-traffic workplaces, is not observed in schools’, argued the researchers. According to them, the data suggests the way forward to ‘maintain or return partially or fully’ to face-to-face instruction.

Wearing the mask

” All recommended measures to limit [les risques de contagion, ndlr] in schools must continue, ‘they say. These include the universal wearing of the mask, physical distancing and a hybrid operation between virtual and face-to-face lessons, in order to limit class sizes.

Other measures are also possible, such as increasing room ventilation and increasing testing, to quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic infected individuals. Indoor sports activities should be prohibited, however, the researchers advise.

‘There is a lot of hope for a safer environment in schools and for school sports activities during the year 2021-2022’ they enthuse, citing the current use of two vaccines in the United States. and the prospect of seeing more available in the coming months.


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