The Financial Times reports this on Wednesday. The studies surfaced at a time when the pandemic in Europe is on the rise again. In several countries, the debate is raging about whether schools should close again in an attempt to “flatten” the dreaded curve. The pressure is also increasing in our country, but Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts (N-VA), among others, is resisting.
Weyts is already right when we look at a number of studies in that area. For example, the German Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) investigated the impact of school reopenings in the various federal states. Conclusion: the reopening of the schools did not lead to an increase in the number of infections. What’s more, in the states where schools first reopened, infection rates declined.
A study carried out by the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health revealed another remarkable fact. Based on source tracing of infections in schools, it appeared that pupils were more likely to be infected by adults at home than by their classmates in the school.
These national studies are in line with global analyzes conducted by WHO and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. This should show that most infected children hardly develop any symptoms and that there is little evidence of sources of infection in schools.
And finally, there is the work of Gwen Knight, a researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is working on a database of worldwide so-called ‘superspreader’ outbreaks. These are events or locations to which a large number of infections can be linked. Knight barely found any schools in her statistics. She herself indicates that this conclusion is surprising. ‘Schools should be more important super spreaders because so many different networks come together there,’ she says at the FT. “But we hardly find any evidence of infections in school environments.” Although Knight immediately adds that there is insufficient testing to provide a definitive answer.
Source: Financial Times
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