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If the young are largely unaffected, why are schools staying shut?

Eilis O'Hanlon


The scientific advice on which schools stay closed is less clear cut than the Government suggests, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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‘The virus seems to be so mild in children that they may not be able to transmit it...’ Stock picture

‘The virus seems to be so mild in children that they may not be able to transmit it...’ Stock picture

‘The virus seems to be so mild in children that they may not be able to transmit it...’ Stock picture

The Taoiseach has now confirmed that schools will not reopen before September, with some reports saying creches for the children of non-essential workers may be among the last to open their doors. How can this possibly be rationalised?

Government ministers have said all along that they will act only on scientific advice, a significant part of which, in the case of schools, rests on the question of whether children can pass Covid-19 on to other people; so what exactly is the medical evidence regarding children's status as transmitters of infection?

The HSE continues to state that "children may play a big role in spreading the virus".