The UK appears to have acknowledged that it “doesn’t really matter” if children are infected with COVID, according to an independent Monk member.
Dr Helen Salisbury, a GP who sits in the independent experts’ group, said she was “concerned about the high number of children” with COVID.
His remarks come at a time when new figures show case rates and hospital admissions among school-age children are on the rise.
Responding to a question on children and Covid at a briefing on Friday, Ms Salisbury said: “I am really concerned that we think we have accepted – or there seems to be widespread acceptance – that this is in fact It doesn’t matter so much if kids get covid.
“At least that seems to be the implication of people going back to schools without COVID mitigation. One implication is that it’s not really that important. And I think that’s important.”
More than 100,000 children were out of school last week with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid, according to government figures.
COVID measures for children were rolled back just before schools return for the new school year, allowing close contacts under the age of 18 to proceed as normal until they test positive or develop symptoms Went. Granthshala As previously reported some headmasters were using their own strict isolation rules,
School bubbles – which put pupils and staff in groups to limit mixing – were also dismantled over the summer, and masks in communal areas have not been a requirement since May.
Salisbury said it is also important to “try on the lid” on the Covid pandemic to try to prevent children from contracting the virus. “If the kids have it, everyone else gets it too,” said the GP.
The Granthshala SEZ said on Friday that an “extremely high rate of infection” among school children was driving the pandemic.
UK Health Protection Agency data released this week showed rising rates of covid in young people, with 722.9 new cases per 100,000 children aged five to nine years old, 14, compared to 484.5 a week earlier. were recorded up to November.
The rate for 10- to 19-year-olds was 694.2 per 100,000 – up from 571.7.
During Friday’s briefing, Dr Salisbury said he was “concerned” at how many children currently have COVID.
“I worry that a lot of them are getting sick which is really unpleasant for them and missing school which is bad for them. I worry that they are passing it on to their families and that some of their families are getting very sick. Which is terrible,” she said.
“And there are some children who are sadly very sick and need to go to the hospital. I think we are not hearing much about children being hospitalized.”
In England, there have been 5,600 hospitalizations among 0 to five-year-olds and 5,800 hospitalizations among six to 17-year-olds with Covid since the pandemic began, government figures show.
Data from the latest Office of National Statistics also shows that Covid-positive hospital admissions are 37 per cent higher among children aged five to 14, compared to January.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “We are committed to protecting education, which is why safety measures range between managing transmission risk with regular testing and better ventilation and hygiene and minimizing disruption in face-to-face learning. strike a balance.
“We continue to work with parents and school and college staff to maximize students’ time in the classroom. The vaccination program for 12-15 year olds has already reached hundreds of thousands of students, and We encourage young people to get vaccinated and to continue testing twice weekly.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /