Quarantines are reduced in both the duration and the number of students involved: the management of infections in schools, in the post-vaccine era, goes in this direction. Today, in many cases, a single positive student is enough to cause the face-to-face lessons to be suspended. The goal is to overcome such drastic measures. And standard rules will be set for the whole of Italy, as at that time they change not only from one region to another, but even from one health authority to another. In the coming days, a summit will be held between the Higher Institute of Health, the Regions, the Ministries of Health and Public Education precisely to define new homogeneous measures for the whole country.
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Lazio’s proposal, supported by the Minister of Health, Alessio D’Amato, to restrict the period of isolation to five days is gaining strength (today there are 7 for a vaccine and 10 for a non-vaccinated, but with the consequent problems of privacy that entails this different treatment). may involve). Even Pier Luigi Lopalco, an epidemiologist and health adviser in Puglia, believes it makes sense to reduce the quarantine period: “Let’s start with an assumption: the Delta variant is extremely fast in transmission, so if it doesn’t show up after “Four to five days makes sense to think about allowing me to go back to school. On the other hand, I’m more perplexed by the definition of ‘close contact.’ This is also the line of some members of the Scientific Technical Committee, which in any case has not yet expressed itself on this issue.In short: in the proposal presented by Lazio on the table, there is not only the reduction of the period of forty to five days, but also a much more restrictive definition of close contacts, a bit like what happens on planes where only those are considered as such.who sat next to the positive passenger.At the CTS they say: it makes sense limit quarantine, taking into account also the fact that many of the children over the age of 12 are vaccinated, as are almost all teachers. But the mobility and sociability that exists in a class invites us to be prudent when it comes to identifying those who should be the object of isolation. The five-day proposal, however, provides for an antigenic test to verify non-positivity on returning to class.
“One thing is certain – says D’Amato – that we cannot address the problem of infections in school in the same way we did the previous year, when there were still no vaccines.” The Ministry of Health aims to identify standardized rules, always bearing in mind that schools are not all the same: some have spaces to ensure spacing, other modern ventilation systems, others, too many classes, it will not be easy to find a valid solution for everyone. Finally, it should be noted that to date in schools with students over the age of 12 most are vaccinated, but the situation changes as students are younger as there is no vaccine authorized for this age. The other day, pending the summit that will take place this week, there was also a meeting between the Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, and the President of the Higher Institute of Health, Silvio Brusaferro. To date, the resumption of face-to-face lessons has not yet had an impact on infections, which, on the contrary, continue to decline.
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The director of the prevention sector, Professor Gianni Rezza, however, invites us to be cautious: “Schools have recently reopened and it is too early to see a possible effect of the reopening, if any,” he said. another day. . Maybe there is some sign of a small increase in a certain age group. But we know this: children under the age of 12 cannot be vaccinated again and it is a population, that of children, that must be monitored ”. According to Professor Lopalco, these weeks will also be very important to monitor the evolution of the epidemic in schools, now that the vast majority of teachers are vaccinated and a good part of students over 12 years. “If the repercussions are limited – he observes – the phase of normal coexistence with a virus destined to be endemic can also begin.”