What can I do about COVID-19?
My name is Gordon Doig and I am an epidemiologist who has worked in critical care for more than 20 years. I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Like you, I have tried to keep up to date on the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China. Because I don't see a lot of truly useful information coming from the mainstream media, I have been going directly to credible sources like the World Health Organisation. The purpose of this page is to describe in plain language what the WHO recommends and to provide links to WHO content so you can understand exactly what they are saying.
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What can school do to protect my children?
On 10 March 2020, the WHO, UNICEF and the International Federation of the Red Cross issued a guidance statement to help protect children at schools from the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. On 10 May, the WHO released and updated Annex. Please read the complete documents. Below is a concise summary:
To date, there have been few educational institutions involved in COVID-19 outbreaks, but from these studies, it appears that disease transmission was primarily related to social events linked to school or university life rather than transmission within classrooms. These studies also suggest that the introduction of the virus was likely by an adult member of staff.
When schools are fully or partially open, the following COVID-19 prevention and control strategies should be maintained:
Note:The current poster from NSW Health does not explicitly show this potentially important step. It needs to be corrected.
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