According to a study conducted in 15 schools in Australia, children do not have a high chance of transmitting the Coronavirus amongst each other and to older people. This report comes from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, who advised Prime Minister Scott Morrison on reopening schools.
After Researchers of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) conducted Covid-19 tests on children and teachers at five elementary schools and 10 high schools, they found that 863 children and teachers were in contact with an infected person and only 0,23% Covid-19 cases were likely to be transmitted. The research was conducted from March 5 to April 21. Its results showed that 18 people in the 15 schools tested positive and were then instructed to self-isolate. At the end of the study only two people tested positive of the virus even though more than 800 people came into contact with the 18 who tested positive.
The study results say there were zero transmissions of Covid-19 from children to teachers. Even though children are not likely to get very sick from the virus, there is no factual evidence that children cannot infect adults with already existing illnesses.
Children may not show symptoms of the Coronavirus and therefore reopening of schools is not 100% safe, despite the results of the study conducted in Australian schools.
The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is briefing the nation today on the preparations of reopening schools, and reports of the brief will follow tomorrow.
Article by Zukanye Madakana
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