Mass infection of pupil, staff and families according to study run by award-winning German virologist specialising in novel and emergent diseases
Award-winning German virologist Christian Drosten has told the NDR radio station about a frightening study that all UK parents need to see – and they must then demand that Boris Johnson leave schools closed until the coronavirus outbreak is eliminated.
Drosten, who specialises in outbreaks of new diseases, described the situation in the Oise region of France, in which the coronavirus ran undetected in a school – and only after the fact did scientists discover it had run for around five weeks. The numbers and patterns of infection the scientists discovered are chilling – and have been ignored by the UK’s media and government.
In just a handful of weeks, from the first infection until the school was closed – by holidays, not by the French lock-down – more than 10% of the pupils siblings and parents were infected by the virus.
This figure was broadly in line with Drosten’s expectations – but the numbers among the pupils, teachers and other school staff were truly terrifying:
38% of the school’s pupils had become infected – and among school staff, 43% of teachers and 60% of non-teaching staff caught the disease.
Across the school, an average of 40% were infected.
As Drosten concludes, with those kinds of numbers “you cannot open schools”.
The French study is not the only frightening one. A Geneva study of 23 infected children aged 7 months to 15 years showed that 50% of them – including 3 cases of babies less than 3 months old – had high concentration of infectious material when swabbed.
Given that younger children are less able to socially distance, it would be even more dangerous to open nurseries and primary schools than schools for older school students. Other studies indicate similar results
With such numbers – even more so as details of serious and potentially lethal complications emerging among UK children – no parent should be forced to send their children to school, nor any teacher forced to teach them.
Not until, at the very least, the transmission of the virus has been eliminated in this country and the government has got itself into a position – after months of ignoring World Health Organisation advice – to finally conduct thorough, rapid testing and tracing in any new outbreaks.
With the UK’s government, that situation is still a long way off – and certainly far beyond 1 June.
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