It’s reportedly safer for smaller children to return to school 1st

It’s reportedly safer for smaller children to return to school 1st

- Research shows that small children do not contract Covid-19 very easily

- On Thursday by the department of basic education that with a phase-in process, matric and Grade 7s would be the first group of student that would start returning to school from June

- Mike Schulssler, an economist, reported that two studies in China found that children are, at worst, no more likely to catch the virus than adults

- It seems that the consensus is that when schools do re-open, that it should be small children that should be the first to return

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Research shows that small children do not contract Covid-19 very easily. If they happen to get the virus there is no evidence that they bring the virus into their families.

It is the opinion of research that crèches and primary schools should re-open for the little ones as the risk of them infecting adults is very low.

Briefly.co.za reported on the announced on Thursday by the department of basic education that with a phase-in process, matric and Grade 7s would be the first group of student that would start returning to school from June. It will only apply to schools that have taken health precautions in order for pupils to return to a safe environment.

With the numbers of confirmed cases for Covid-19 is still spiking, there are some parents that are reluctant for their children to return to school.

A paediatric blog for professionals, Don’t Forget the Bubbles, stated that the role of children transmitting the virus is unclear. They do say, however, that it appears that children do not play a significant role in spreading the virus.

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Mike Schulssler, an economist, reported that two studies in China found that children are, at worst, no more likely to catch the virus than adults. In the case of a child becoming infected, they are 2 000 times less likely to die from the virus than someone who is over 60.

Schulssler went on to say that there is also no evidence that children contracting the virus are silent spreaders of the disease passing it on to their families.

According to researchers in Iceland and the Netherlands, they have not encountered one case in which a child brought the virus to their family.

The child-to-adult transmission also appears to be uncommon, this from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control last week.

It seems that the consensus is that when schools do re-open, that it should be small children that should be the first to return. Schussler said that our little ones are the ones with the thirstiest brains and seem to be the least at risk.

Following the little ones should be those preparing for exams, Schussler said. Many countries have in some cases cancelled tests and other postponed them.

Even though older children are more at risk, they are old enough to follow and understand new protocols.

With social distancing, this would be possible in high schools should the number of pupils per class be reduced.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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