Sunday, September 26, 2021

Teachers are not exposed to the increased risk of COVID-19: British study

A newly published study in the UK shows that the risk of teachers being hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection is not higher than that of other populations.

“Compared with other similar working-age adults, teachers and their family members were not found to have an increased risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19, and found that the risk of severe COVID-19 was lower,” the study concluded.Published in a medical journal BMJ.

Researchers from the Scottish Department of Public Health and the University of Glasgow examined data on the Scottish pandemic from March 2020 to June 2021 and found no evidence that teachers are at a higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 than other adults of the right age. Total population.

David McAllister, professor of clinical epidemiology and medical informatics at the University of Glasgow and author of the study, said the results “may reassure those involved in face-to-face teaching in general.”

Researchers have found that when Scottish schools are basically closed, the risk of teachers being hospitalized with COVID-19 is lower than that of other working-age adults.

According to this study, when schools are fully open, the risks faced by teachers are similar to those of other working-age populations.

But the researchers said this may be because teachers are generally healthier or more concerned about COVID-19-related behaviors than other professional groups.

Most of the teachers in the study are women (average age 42 years) with few underlying health conditions.

Researchers also believe that vaccination may also help protect delta variants during a time when delta variants are common.

The study stated that these findings are robust to adjustments to age, gender, socioeconomic poverty, geography, race/ethnicity, family composition, and number of comorbidities.

The Scottish Department of Public Health is currently considering repeating this study for early education and childcare workers.

The Scottish school resumed classes two weeks ago, and it is believed that the reopening has led to an increase in cases.

Schools in Northern Ireland have also reopened, and students in England and Wales will return to classes this week after the summer break.

The education union in the UK warned that relaxing COVID-19 safety measures could lead to an increase in school infection rates.

But Gavin Williamson, the British Minister of Education, said on Thursday that he would “turn the world upside down” to avoid closing the school again.

PA contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Teachers are not exposed to the increased risk of COVID-19: British study
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