A ‘mini-quarantine’ of only 5 days for the neighboring school students of the companion infected with the coronavirus? The hypothesis being examined by the Technical Scientific Committee for the Covid emergency divides the experts, who illustrate the pros and cons of the measure under study to continue teaching in the presence.
“The hypothesis of a school quarantine for the school neighbor of the positive and limited to 5 days is a good idea. In fact, I say that for the older children vaccinated any quarantine should be avoided. This could be the tool to return. to a complete normal life “, the opinion at Adnkronos Salute’s Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa.
The virologist, on the other hand, has a different opinion Fabrizio Pregliasco, professor of the University of Milan. Limiting the quarantine at school to the positive’s classmate only, and shortening its duration, “means increasing the level of risk. It can be done, it is an element to be evaluated, but not immediately”, he explains to Adnkronos Salute.
“There is a desire that is that of reopening – notes the expert – an objective drive to want to do more and better. I say let’s do it, but with progression”. Limiting quarantine at school “has its own sense – recognizes Pregliasco – also to give value to vaccinated people, to highlight this advantage, but still vaccinated people cannot take advantage of this freedom – he warns – due to an excessive share of non-vaccinated people at a general level . We are almost there, but we wait. ”
“We are still a little behind – explains the virologist – with respect to a data on the circulation of the virus. Now we are in a decreasing phase, fortunately, but – remember – there could be a backlash. Let’s wait a little longer. Let’s evaluate it, and it is then a political decision with respect to the residual risk that increases “.
“It seems to me reasonable and congruent with the scientific evidence and with the need to guarantee some essential services including school”, the opinion of Carlo Signorelli, professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, who comments on the hypothesis at Adnkronos Salute.
“You have to intervene if you don’t get Dad even without doing it – says the expert -. I’m surprised they didn’t think of it before since abroad – recalls the doctor – the quarantine regime and the definition of contact are much less strict “. As for the need to distinguish between classes with or without vaccinated, “one could differentiate but there is a need to have clarity and linearity in the rules and this can only be achieved by making rules as uniform as possible”.
As for the limitation of the quarantine to the desk mate, Signorelli clarifies: “The concept of contact is not linked to the location of the counter but to the fact that people interact. So – explains the hygienist – limiting the quarantine to the desk mate is linked just to contact: if two play together, they spend time together, it is clear that they are contacts. Being in the same class is not so from the start, it can become if there is some direct interaction but – he concludes – there is appeal to caution which should in any case reduce the risk “.
“Supporting 7 days is too invasive a measure. They can be reduced, for example to 5 days or less”, the opinion of the Undersecretary of Health Andrea Costa to ‘Timeline’ on Sky Tg24, talking about the quarantine in case of infections at school. “I do not find it too appropriate – he explained – to foresee such a long quarantine, I believe that it should be shortened instead”. For now “a reflection is underway, I believe that we must try to give more opportunities. We cannot fail to take into account that today 80% of our fellow citizens are vaccinated. This is why I think that, also with regard to quarantine, when we are in the presence of vaccinated we can get to a reduction. This would help us to limit the Dad and therefore to favor the school in the presence “.
“Regarding the school – the undersecretary recalled – we had a goal which was to resume the school year in the presence, but now we have undergone another, that is to guarantee its continuation in presence”.