Europe stays committed to in-person classes as school outbreaks remain rare
Now the village of 800 in Belgium’s rural southeast corner has become one of the latest data points in a complicated, angst-ridden experiment for communities around the world: How much does in-person schooling contribute to the spread of the virus?
The answer, experts are saying in Europe after several weeks back in classrooms, is that it’s rare for children to spread the virus within the walls of a school, but not unheard of. Not every country can point to a school where the coronavirus seems to have spread. And even where there are such schools, including in Belgium, Norway and Germany, such outbreaks typically remain countable on a single hand — affecting a fraction of a percentage point of the millions of students and teachers in session across the continent.
“It is clear that children can pass on the virus to each other. It’s not that this doesn’t exist,” said Steven Van Gucht, the head of viral diseases at Sciensano, Belgium’s national public health institute. But in the weeks since Belgian schools resumed on Sept. 1, he said, …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]