Director-General of the World Health Organization (who) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they were in favor of opening schools, noting that less than 10 percent of cases of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) and less than 0.2 percent of deaths caused by the virus were seen in people under the age of 20.
UNICEF and UNESCO officials attended the press conference, which Ghebreyesus held via videoconferencing at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ghebreyesus, WHO said that in the last 9 months after the outbreak, there were many question marks, but they began to see a “clearer picture”, said: “We know that children and adolescents can be infected and can be transmitted to others. We know that this virus can kill children, but we also know that the infection tends to be milder in children, and there are very few serious cases and deaths from Covid-19 among children and adolescents.” said.
Ghebreyesus cited that less than 10 percent of Covid-19 cases and less than 0.2 percent of deaths from the virus were seen in individuals under the age of 20.
However, more research is needed on Covid-19 and the factors that increase the risk of death in these age groups, Ghebreyesus said, noting that long-term side effects are unknown in people infected with the virus.
“We all want children to go back to school.”schools are part of society and serve as bridges between communities,” Ghebreyesus said.
Ghebreyesus stressed that measures taken to reduce the risk of covid-19 transmission in a community would also reduce the risk in schools.
In order to support the countries in any case, UNESCO, UNICEF and who issued a guide on public health measures in the context of Covid-19 yesterday, Ghebreyesus said, noting that schools have reopened in some countries and that others are still closed.
Ghebreyesus stressed that the decision to close schools should be a last resort, given the devastating consequences for children, young people and communities as a whole. “if schools close, the continuity of education through distance education should be ensured.”made the call.
Ghebreyesus pointed out that it is not the job of schools, governments and families alone to ensure that children go to school safely, adding that it is the duty of all members of society to do so.