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Thai virus expert says careful consideration needed before reopening schools

Maya Taylor

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Thailand’s chief virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan, from the Faculty of Medicine at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, says reopening the country’s schools should not be a political decision. Instead, he says it should be based on science, with consideration given to the risks involved, and adequate safety measures put in place.

Thai PBS World reports that Dr Yong says that while most children infected with the Covid-19 virus may only show mild symptoms, they are still capable of passing the infection to older family members. He says it’s crucial to strike the right balance between getting children back into education and protecting their health and that of their families.

His comments come as the Ministry of Education confirms the nation’s schools will reopen from July 1. The new semester would normally begin mid-May but was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 threat. There have been calls for schools to reopen from opposition parties and anti-government figures, insisting children are less likely to be infected and that their education is suffering as long as schools remain closed.

Dr Yong says medical experts, virologists and child psychiatrists should all be consulted when deciding whether or not to reopen schools. He says if schools are to reopen, a reduction in classroom numbers is essential in order to facilitate social distancing.

“Children must be encouraged to wash their hands frequently and to wear face masks, hand sanitiser must be provided and all pupils must have their temperatures checked.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Michael

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    This is the first time I have heard that children under 10 can pass on the infection – it’s certainly not the view of scientists and epidemiologists in Europe and US – time will tell who is right many schools in Europe have reopened schools without spikes in infection – children end up suffering

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