Just when the schools are about to start the COVID19 horror is back

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So now the question is whether the school reopening will be postponed once again on the State government will take a strong decision to follow all protocols and start the schools?
Of course, this time around, the State government is better prepared for any eventuality, and so also many children have already received their first or both doses of COVID vaccination.
Dr Pramod Sawant government before taking any hasty decision should take all factors into consideration. The students have lost two crucial years of their education due to the pandemic and any more such situation could jeopardise their careers.
Now to restart the schools, Parents and teachers can keep a few things in mind to keep children safe both at school and at home as new cases pop up.

 


 

SURAJ BNANDREKAR
Editor, Goemkarponn

Just when the schools are all set to start on time after two years, the COVID19 pandemic is slowly raising its ugly head once again.
For the last two days now, the cases reported are above 40. This increase is after months of cases clocking below 20. So far, no deaths have been reported among the rising figures.
The Goa Health Department said it would monitor the cases.
So now the question is whether the school reopening will be postponed once again on the State government will take a strong decision to follow all protocols and start the schools?
Of course, this time around, the State government is better prepared for any eventuality, and so also many children have already received their first or both doses of COVID vaccination.
Dr Pramod Sawant government before taking any hasty decision should take all factors into consideration. The students have lost two crucial years of their education due to the pandemic and any more such situation could jeopardise their careers.
Now to restart the schools, Parents and teachers can keep a few things in mind to keep children safe both at school and at home as new cases pop up.
Luckily, Cases of post-viral inflammatory syndrome were not noticed in children during the third wave of the pandemic, which was a big relief. We need to ensure that children are safe from coronavirus since we are still in a development phase for vaccines for kids.

 

DISTANCING TO BE PRACTICED IN SCHOOLS
With schools across the country now open, staff need to ensure that children are seated at proper distances, especially small kids in primary and middle school, who are yet to be vaccinated in India. Health experts maintain that while it is difficult to ensure that kids in primary schools are always masked, the distancing could be a key to stopping coronavirus from manifesting among them. Staff needs to ensure that children are separated by at least one hand distance if not two.
Health experts have urged schools to avoid taking children to playgrounds for now, since they could be a spot for spreading the virus as children interact with each other.

MASK, SANITISING SHOULD BE FOLLOWED
Schools need to ensure that not just the students but their own staff are masked at all times, even if the government has to an extent become lenient on masking in the capital and in some other states.
Mask and sanitisers are the biggest weapons we have against Covid-19, apart from vaccination, which is so far approved only for children over 12 years of age.

AVOID JUNK FOODS, EAT HEALTHY
Children are advised to avoid consuming junk food from open spaces, which could be potentially ground for spreading coronavirus. While so far symptoms in children have appeared to be mild, doctors are not ruling out chances of them getting severe in the coming times, if new variants keep popping up and we put our guards down.
Doctors are also urging parents and schools to ensure that children are hydrated as heatwaves hit north India.
While Covid-19 has affected people across the world, children have largely remained safe from it and as new cases rise again, these precautions could ensure the situation does not change.

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