According to an Oxford study, pushing youngsters to self-isolate is “unnecessary” and “damaging.”
Daily testing, rather than encouraging youngsters to self-isolate, according to a UNIVERSITY of Oxford study, would have been a better strategy to control the spread of COVID-19.
The findings were announced as students were leaving the school gates on the last day of term, and they came at the same time as a new peak in the number of persons who were self-isolating. More than one million pupils were kept outside of classrooms in the final week of the school year, up from 839,700 the week before.
According to the findings, the vast majority of pupils who were compelled to self-isolate did not test positive for Covid.
In fact, 98.4 percent of students who were sent home for 10 days did not become infected with the virus.
According to the study, schools that prioritized daily testing had four percent fewer coronavirus cases.
According to recent statistics, about one in every four kids was absent.
Among those in secondary school, the figure jumps to about a third.
According to Jonathan Ball of Nottingham University, the study showed that testing may have prevented the “unnecessary disturbance.”
“Defining the relative efficiency of isolation vs testing is always going to be tough, since there are a lot of assumptions that need to be made,” Professor Ball told The Telegraph. Apart from that, the results of this study demonstrate that daily testing, rather than isolation of contacts, is an efficient way to avoid forward transmission.”
The findings, according to Tim Peto, an Oxford professor of medicine and the primary investigator in the schools experiment, could help put a stop to the pingdemic.
The NHS Test and Trace app has prompted a record number of people in England and Wales to self-isolate.
Since May, 6.2 million people in England and Wales have been requested to isolate, according to the Adam Smith Institute, a free-market think tank in Westminster.
“This will give comfort to people who wish to seek out a better and easier approach to limit transmission than pingdemics and these quite terrible means of controlling disease,” Professor Peto told The Guardian.
Over 200 schools took part in the school experiment, which took place between April and June.