‘You got this wrong!’ A professor makes an urgent plea to Covid, citing the fact that children under the age of 18 are at greater risk.
According to a leading virologist, children under the age of 18 are particularly vulnerable to the spread of the Omicron coronavirus, which is fueled by misunderstandings about immunity.
Coronavirus spreads quickly in schools, and last year’s Delta variant had high transmission rates.
After the Christmas break, students returned to school to new testing requirements and facemasks on secondary school grounds earlier this week.
The Government’s priority with schools, according to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, is to give them “as many tools as possible to ensure that education is open.”
“Of course, delivering education while wearing masks in the classroom is more challenging,” he added.
“This is an aerosol-transmitted virus, and if you’re wearing a mask and are asymptomatic, you’re less likely to infect other people,” he continued.
However, Dr. Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at the University of Leeds and a guest member of the independent SAGE group, told This website that the Government underestimates the impact of coronavirus in school systems.
He explained how, despite lower vaccination rates in the under-18 population compared to the adult population, children are still susceptible to a disease that can cause serious illness.
“Delta was primarily driven by school-aged children,” he explained.
“It took a long, long time for vaccines for children under the age of eighteen to be approved, and it’s taking even longer for vaccines for children under the age of twelve to be approved for some inexplicable reason.”
“As a result, the virus has a susceptible pool in which to replicate.”
Younger people are in the firing line without the additional projection of the booster jab because the adult population is receiving a third jab, which provides increased protection against the new Omicron variant.
“That means Omicron will favor the under eighteens more,” he explained.
“Of course, they’re all being held captive in poorly ventilated classrooms – primary school students aren’t even wearing masks.”
To avoid the staff shortages caused by Omicron, the Department of Education advised schools to merge class groups.
“It’s almost certain that the problems we’re seeing with staff shortages will be exacerbated by spread within schools,” Dr. Griffin said.
It’s a complete disaster.
“And the idea of rehiring older employees.”
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