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Warning issued that schools could be the ‘greater part of the problem’ in spreading Covid

by LLB staff reporter
2nd Sep 21 10:44 am

A government scientific advisor has warned that with the return of children going back to school they could be the “greater part of the problem” with the increase of the virus.

Professor Calum Semple of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, told BBC Breakfast, “I think schools will become a greater part of the problem than they were before.

“Because if you want to have schools operating as near-normal as possible with full classes, and you can’t do social distancing as effectively compared to workplaces where the adults are working from home, and are vaccinated, schools become a greater part of the problem than they were before.”

He added that better ventilation is needed, “It’s tricky. Many schools are built to be heat-efficient rather than well-ventilated now and that’s a problem.

“So I think a lot of emphasis has to go on to improving the quality of building stock.”

However, Public Health England’s medical director, Dr Yvonne Doyle insists that schools are not “hubs of infection.”

She stressed that schools have many measures in place to reduce the amount of infection and understands parents nervousness of children returning back to school.

Dr Doyle said there are lots of regimes in place to prevent the spread, which includes extra cleaning, advice on ventilation and testing.

She said, “We understand, and I understand fully, that parents may be nervous but I would stress again that schools are not the drivers and not the hubs of infection.”

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