In part 2 of our discussion with University of Calgary researcher Stephen Freedman we are going to tackle what is in the news and on everyone’s mind right now. Getting kids and teachers back to school during a pandemic.
The key to understanding and perhaps alleviating safety concerns, is to get back to public health basics. School aged children are part of the community at large. If everyone at home, at work, or simply out and about, follow the basic guidelines of wearing a mask and practising good hygiene, COVID-19 can be controlled as children go back to school. The more COVID-19 there is in the population, the more likely children can contract it. If we can reduce the prevalence in the population, we reduce the chances of it making into schools. A pretty straightforward approach when you stop for a moment to realise that anyone around you could be carrying SARS-CoV-2.Young or perhaps not-so-young.
Stephen Freedman is a pediatric emergency physician and clinician scientist who got the nod in March to lead an international group of researchers studying the differences in children infected by SARS-CoV-2. He is also a member of Cumming School of Medicine’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and O’Brien Institute for Public Health.
He talked with freelance broadcaster Don Hill about the study and about kids and COVID. There is a lot of ground to cover on the topic, so we divided it into two podcasts. This is part 2 and if you want to listen to part 1 later, here it is
(Note that in both parts of the discussion there are references to a Forbes
article which received a great deal of attention. Here is New Evidence Suggests Young Children Spread Covid-19 More Efficiently Than Adults
. Evidence which the article hypes somewhat more that it manages to show.)