Scientists to Corona: The schools are not close easily

After the closure of two schools in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday due to an infected teacher but had not taught, and of an infected stude

Scientists to Corona: The schools are not close easily

After the closure of two schools in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday due to an infected teacher but had not taught, and of an infected student, the courage to school openings is not grown straight. Masks in the classroom are required, and how the ventilation of the class room is backed up? These are the questions parents and teachers deal with and worry more than ever.

Heike Schmoll

Political correspondent in Berlin, responsible for the "formation of worlds".

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Shortly before the start of School in the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with 2.5 million students, the professional societies for children and youth medicine have encouraged, for hospital hygiene, the professional Association of child and youth doctors, German society for pediatric infectious diseases, et cetera to return to the classroom in the schools. They point to the fact that the has to pay back led to the opening of kindergartens and schools in any of the countries in which there has been a General decline in infections in the General population was, and where basic prevention measures of the population have been followed, an increase in Infection in children and adolescents.

Only in countries with high Infection rates in the General population, such as Israel, Sweden, Australia and the United States also led to larger outbreaks in schools. Before easy to manufacture closures of entire educational institutions, the physicians warn, and call for a "structured and transparent political decision-making process, which focuses on the preservation of the educational and social as well as the psychological interests of the children and students in consideration of the specific infectious disease risks". A "recommendation for teaching or care staff to Wear an everyday mask should be done in early response to a specific outbreak as the most important step prior to being considered complete daycare and school closure are.

The Ad-hoc Commission Sars-CoV-2 of the society for Virology, see the strict. They called "for the consistent Wearing of daily life masks in all grades during the lessons". In its Friday statement, the Commission also recommends an age-appropriate introduction to the need for prevention steps. The virologists are calling on the education authorities, technical measures for a better ventilation of the classrooms and meet school building especially in autumn and Winter, and recommend to define fixed small groups and teaching staff. "Tested positive for the students and teachers indicator cases for transmission of the cluster," for the immediate short-term quarantine to be considered are.

If the Cluster be isolated to the beginning of, an outbreak to be effective, and to mitigate the has been shown in Japan. At the same time, the virologists warn of the "notion that children do not play any role in the pandemic, and in the Transmission". It is not in line with scientific findings. The majority of the early studies were under the contact conditions of the school-reducing closures or shortly after the closing, with a few infection cases was collected, it would, therefore, have a limited predictive value.

Updated Date: 07 August 2020, 23:19

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