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.
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.
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.