Norway is changing its approach to coronary infectivity in children in the light of recent research published by the European Union Center for Infectious Diseases (ECDC).
An ECDC report found that children under the age of 18 infect the corona where adults do. Tracing infections is only more challenging, as children are more likely to develop coronavirus than adults as asymptomatic or completely asymptomatic.
Espen Rostrup Nakstad, Deputy Director of the Norwegian Board of Health, told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that new research data may affect the opening hours of schools.
- Temporary closure of schools and kindergartens is possible during local waves of infection, although it appears that children rarely infect each other in the school environment.
Norwegian authorities have in the past been skeptical that children would spread the coronavirus. Schools in the country reopened during the worst Corona wave in April, leading to some large-scale cases of infection.
At the dawn of summer, for example, 22 coronary infections were detected in a school in Lillestrøm, near Oslo.
Pupils and teachers will return from their holidays next Monday, and Nakstad stressed in an interview with Dagbladet the importance of a regional response in managing cases of infection.
- In such situations, it is important to focus on the prevention of infections in a particular school and not to close schools and kindergartens elsewhere where infections have not occurred.
According to an ECDC publication, the spread of the corona in schools is no more effective than in other events for similar populations, as long as appropriate safety distances and hygiene are maintained.
The report also noted that, based on observational data collected from several EU countries, the opening of schools has not led to a significant increase in corona infections regionally.
In Finland, contact teaching has returned to normal during this week.
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The experts interviewed by IS did not consider the opening of schools to be a very high risk for the spread of the corona epidemic.
- The situation is calm at the moment, but of course the risk of the epidemic spreading in schools is also real - it cannot be denied. The situation will not remain under control if we act on how it happens, but the risks can be managed if the guidelines are followed, THL's expert doctor Emmi Sarvikivi stated earlier this week.