The «distance meter» is back –

from Valentina Santarpia

An initial “light” phase that allows those with mild respiratory symptoms to enter the classroom. And a “strong” one with masks, programmed disinfection and a one meter distance. It is, of course, infection that decides

It comes from the Regional Conference the first draft of operational guidelines for the new school year. While the Higher Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health continue to exchange opinions on the use of ventilators, devices such as masks and operating supports by the staff, the regions are trying to put the indications on paper to face the new year. This is obviously a draft that the Ministries of Health and Education could take into account in developing operational guidelines. But it gives a clear idea of ​​how the governors are already, in the absence of more defined tools, trying to organize themselves.

Two steps are identified: in a first phase, the basic preventive measures are considered sufficient, for which a student who has a temperature above 37.5, symptoms compatible with Covid or a positive swab, can’t go to school. On the other hand, those who have “mild respiratory symptoms and in good general condition” and no fever, and who test negative, can show up with FFP2 masks. Masks are also always recommended for school staff and students who are at risk of developing severe forms of Covid. Effectively, the obligation for staff to wear respiratory protection expires on 31 August, an element underlined in the draft document. Regular sanitation and air change are also recommended. Extraordinary sanitation is recommended only in case of one or more confirmed cases. Cases that, if they occur at school, must be treated with the usual precautions: dedicated room or isolation area and then reach your home.

The second phase identified is the one where the measures are implemented on the basis of any public health need to limit the circulation of the virus. Basically, when the infections start to increase, it takes place a stronger strategy. That means, distance of one meterthe need to favor outdoor activities or to create paths with sufficient distance, the periodic sanitation (weekly) in all environments, management of all leisure activities with strict preventive measures, use of surgical masks for students and staff, which, however, according to the document, will always depend on a possible need to establish viral circulation control measures. There are three other key points for the “strong” strategy: Concession of gyms and other school premises to third parties is only allowed if obligations for thorough cleaning and sanitation are regulated through written agreements, not to be handed over to the staff school and must be completed at the end of the activities on the day of use; administration of meals in the school canteen premises with shifts; the consumption of snacks at the counter.

But how do you decide which measures to trust? “Determinant factors to be taken into account when defining the measures – explains the draft – are summarized represented by the intensity of the viral circulation, by the characteristics of the circulating viral variants, by the clinical forms that they can determine in the school age and not, of the vaccination coverage against COVID-19 and the degree of protection against infections, severe forms of disease and death caused by vaccinations and the protection induced by previous infections, the need to protect fragile persons at greater risk of serious disease.” .

August 2, 2022 (change August 2, 2022 | 20:54)

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