An unvaccinated elementary school teacher in the United States took off his students’ study mask and aired Covid-19 on more than half of them in May — and informed California officials on Friday that they had infected other students, family members and community members.
The case is an example of how easy it is to undermine efforts to protect children who cannot be vaccinated, said Dr. John H. Snyder, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rochelle Walensky said.
The teacher went to work despite Covid-19 symptoms and took off his mask to read to young people, according to information sent to the Marin County Public Health Committee CDC in its weekly report of deaths and infections. According to one investigation, the author thought the symptoms were not an allergy but an infection.
There were 22 students in the class, and 12 were affected, including eight of the 10 students sitting in the first two rows. This case occurred despite several layers to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
“Teachers and students at the school were required to wear a face mask in classrooms.
“During that time, all the tables were almost 2 meters apart,” he said. “All the classrooms had high capacity small air filters and the windows were still open.”
This is not enough to protect children.
Eventually, 27 people, including the teacher, became infected. No one was seriously ill and all were healed. The cases analyzed included delta variability, although researchers said they could not test all of the victims.
The CDC highlighted the case as an example of how schools should follow all recommendations to protect students and staff.
“The virus was introduced in the classroom by a teacher who worked at the school, while she was symptomatic and not vaccinated and did not wear a mask when she read aloud in class.
“We know how to protect our children at school. We have the tools.”
The CDC’s recommendations for schools include vaccination as the first step in protecting everyone. “The vaccine is a key public health strategy to end the Govt-19 epidemic.
The CDC said children under the age of 12 cannot be vaccinated and that it is important for adults around them to be vaccinated.
Dr Lisa Sandora, the county’s deputy health officer, said authorities have been urging teachers to get vaccinated since January, but many have not yet been vaccinated. “We saw firsthand that it was not the children who made the teachers sick. It was the other way around,” Santono told CNN.
Santora said Marine County organized a “Super Saturday” event to encourage teachers and staff to be vaccinated, but some teachers have not yet been vaccinated. “Adults underestimate the risk of hospitalization when they decide not to get vaccinated,” he told CNN.
He said 90% of the hospitals in the county Govt-19 are currently not vaccinated — and many more are in their 30s and 50s.
Santora said the elementary school eruption is a warning to the district that it will make it much harder to prevent the delta variation eruption.
“We had some adults – they were parents of children at school – who were vaccinated. This was another sign that Delta was different,” he said.
“Of the five adults affected, one parent and teacher were not vaccinated. The others were fully vaccinated,” according to one document.
The county was able to conduct an intensive contact monitoring operation to create a better picture of what happened. Many children appeared to be affected during sleep, and some students affected by the teacher appeared to have affected their siblings.
It is necessary to test the majority of exposed children because many do not show symptoms.
“The school was prepared with all the mitigation strategies,” Santora said. “I don’t think we would have seen this if it weren’t for Delta.”
Despite this, the CDC decided that schools could be safely opened to face-to-face classes if caution was exercised.
Los Angeles County officials inspected the cases at their schools between September and March. During this period 463 cases among students could be linked to the exhibition in schools, and they accounted for 3,927 employees who worked directly. The rate was very low in the community as a whole during the same period, they report.
“In schools with safety protocols for prevention and control, the case rate was 3.4 times lower in children and adolescents at the peak of winter compared to community rates,” they wrote.
“This analysis reflects the transfer patterns before the most transmissible variant [a Delta] The main variant in the United States. For children and adolescents over 12 years of age, a variety of prevention strategies, including masks, distance, testing and vaccination, will be essential to reduce the spread as more students return to the classroom, ”they said.
“This data from a large and diverse district provides early evidence that schools experienced a relatively safe environment during the 2020-2021 school year.”