Covid-19: an ever-expanding infection toll in schools, Santé Publique France says

Published by Alexandre G. · Published on 13 November 2020 at 16h30 · Updated on 14 November 2020 at 11h32
The latest data shared by the National Education Ministry on Thursday November 12, 2020 show that the number of children who tested positive for Covid-19 in schools have multiplied by three in barely a week. Santé Publique France data show that 259 clusters are currently investigated in schools and universities, out of 1,280 reported. A high criticality rate in comparison with the other communities, dropping by 24%.

How is the health situation in schools in France? This Thursday November 12, 2020, Santé Publique france releases its weekly epidemiologic report as for the evolution of the second Covid-19 wave, after breaking out in France almost 45 weeks ago. Some of the updated data are likely to have parents interested.

As a matter of fact, in addition to the decrease in new infections (-14% on the domestic basis), data from the organization show an increasing incidence rate in children: from November 5 to 12, "the incidence rate has decreased" in comparison with last week "in all age ranges, excluding 0-14 years-old" Santé Publique France explains. When the incidence rate decreases in other age ranges, one notices on the following chart, it is still increasing in people aged 0-14.

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Another significative epidemiologic topic: clusters. In detail, data from Santé Publique France show that as of November 12, 259 clusters are investigated in universities and schools, in a total of 1,280 clusters reported since the epidemic broke out. Today, Santé Publique France no longer considers "the school and university environment" part of the "six communities in which the proportion of high criticality clusters remains the highest".

Therefore, the organization considers the percentage of elevated criticality in schools at 24%, when in the main communities such as nursing homes or health facilities and social housings, the same rate respectively reaches 80%, 51% and 39% (see chart below). Even more encouraging, the criticality rate decreases to 18% in private or public companies.

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These statistics translate the generalization of remote working and compliance with health guidelines and extremely thorough health measures within work spaces. So far, schools remain open despite the lockdow, as said by Minister of the National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.

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