“At school, risks no different from other work environments”

The most important thing is to follow the anti-contagion rules and track the outbreaks.

Coronavirus and reopening of schools

Virologist Massimo Clementi, full professor of Microbiology and Virology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, director of the Microbiology and Virology Laboratory of the Irccs San Raffaele hospital, in view of the reopening of schools from next Monday, has released some statements to Adnkronos Cheers to explain what scenarios we will face with the return of the children to class in real classrooms and no longer virtual.

Clementi explained:

“Schools must be managed carefully, but not differently from any other work context. Because the risks are no different”

Then he stressed that it will be very important to trace the outbreaks, because they must “be identified as soon as possible when they are still small, of the correct management of cases and contacts and of quarantines” and added:

“A return to the old school doctor would have helped. It could have helped school administrators and removed an aura of responsibility that they feel on their shoulders for the management of aspects that are not within their strict competence. It is an aspect that I had pointed out and that in my opinion , but also according to other experts such as Massimo Galli, it would have been useful. Apart from the local services, if there had been a white coat, there in schools in an environment of a certain number of children, it would have made them feel perhaps more protected “

Clementi also added that a rather complicated element will be symptom management, because “a fever can be anything” and about quarantines he said:

“Surely it makes it difficult to have a few univocal rules. In France I don’t say they guess all of them, but they have given the indication that to quarantine a class it takes three infected students. Whether it is right or wrong I don’t know, it could be a lot or a little, but at least it is clear information that the school can receive. The various institutes have a method at their disposal and know how to behave. Here we groped in the dark, on how to open and other aspects. The desks are useful, but I’m not the solution “

Then Clementi reiterated how important it is to respect the anti-contagion measures and that the universal basic ones are valid, from distancing to frequent hand washing.

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