Sep 16, 2020
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Hundreds of Russian schools and classes are quarantined due to coronavirus and SARS

Information is received from different regions of Russia about the quarantine of classrooms and entire schools. Some educational institutions are switching to telecommuting without waiting for COVID-19 outbreaks.

Ekaterina Evchenko

So, in Yekaterinburg, as of the morning of September 15, 74 classes in 34 schools were transferred to quarantine due to ARVI. We are not talking about outbreaks of coronavirus, but the leadership of educational institutions is very concerned about the high incidence of SARS among schoolchildren. In order to be quarantined due to a cold, schools do not need a Rospotrebnadzor order. If there are more than 20% of cases in the classroom, then the school administration itself decides to switch to remote mode.

At the same time, 103 classes in 41 schools were quarantined in Nizhny Novgorod due to coronavirus. Also, two schools in Vyksa and in the village of Varezh switched to distance education, and another 56 classes in 39 schools in the region.

Similar messages come from the Irkutsk, Tyumen, Omsk, Ulyanovsk, Ivanovsk and Penza regions, as well as from the Perm Territory, Karelia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. In the Novosibirsk region, complete quarantine has been announced in four schools, and among those infected there are teachers and directors. The distance learning mode will last from 10 to 14 days.

Note that the question of the possibility of opening schools in the midst of a pandemic was one of the most acute in the whole world. It is known for certain that children are less likely to become infected with the coronavirus and generally carry it easily and even asymptomatically, but there is still no answer to the question of how they spread the infection among themselves and among adults.

A study from Germany has shown that opening schools can trigger an accelerated spread of infection. After many students returned to school at the end of May, the incidence rate among teachers and other staff did not increase, but the number of new cases of COVID-19 among students increased markedly. And this applies only to high school students, among young children there was no increase in the incidence.

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