260 outbreaks in summer camps for children in the U.S. August 1, 1:47 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that a new coronavirus outbreak has occurred in a summer camp involving children. It is a form that highlights the difficulty of infection control when children live in groups, as the reopening of schools that continue to be closed in the United States becomes a challenge.
According to an announcement made by the CDC on June 31, during a summer camp attended by children in southern Georgia, one of the staff members was found to have been infected with the new coronavirus, and tests confirmed that 260 people, 44% of the participants, were infected.
The proportion of people infected was 51% for children between the ages of 6 and 10, and 44% of children aged 11 to 17. Participants were inspected before the summer camp began according to state regulations, but they did not wear masks or ventilate their lodgings during the period.
The CDC believes that many people staying in the same room or singing songs have spread the infection, and has called attention to “the risk of children staying in groups.”
In the United States, the reopening of elementary schools and junior high schools, which have been closed, has become a challenge, but this example highlights the difficulty of preventing infection when children live in groups.
NY’s policy to resume classes, some states are against it.
In the United States, nursery schools and kindergartens were closed in most states from March to April when the infection spread.
For this reason, although many schools use the Internet to provide remote instruction and guidance, there are concerns about the long-term closure of schools, as parents have pointed out that the quality of education is lower than face-to-face classes.
On the other hand, there is also concern that the spread of infection in group life in schools, and how to resume face-to-face classes while preventing the spread of infection has become a challenge.
Many schools are currently in the summer vacation, but some members of the Trump administration and the ruling and Republican parties are calling for the resumption of face-to-face classes, saying, “Schools should resume in the fall.”
In response, Democratic lawmakers and state governors have been cautious about the spread of infection in many states, saying that “it will be difficult to resume until the infection reaches a controllable level.”
Against this backdrop, New York City Mayor De Blasio today announced plans to resume face-to-face classes if the positive rate of tests in the city averages less than 3 percent per week.
In addition to basic infection measures such as wearing masks and disinfection of desks, the company will require tests to ensure that school teachers and staff are not infected, and will consider closing the school as soon as a child is infected. In addition, if the positive rate exceeds 3%, the school will be closed again.
On the other hand, teacher unions and some parents in southern Texas and Florida, where the spread of infection, are campaigning against the resumption of face-to-face classes, saying their children’s health is at risk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines for the resumption of face-to-face classes, and says that “the risk of children getting infected and severe is relatively low.”
However, in addition to the recurrence of the outbreak in the summer camp revealed this time, it has been pointed out that the possibility of infection spread to adults through children has been pointed out, and the difficulty of infection control when children live in groups has been highlighted.