Worrying data from the most recent PHE surveillance yesterday - despite these data really underestimating infection in children (as they are based on symptom based testing), positivity rates appear highest in early year settings (fully open) & primary schools (20% attendanc).
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The real differences are likely to be greater, given that much of infection is asymptomatic in children. Also worth noting the steep drop initially after school closure, which then plateaus to become more gradual after school re-openings.
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Infection among children closely tracks school openings and closures (as we saw even during october half term), and level of attendance (trends in secondary schools where attendance is much lower are different). Again in line with substantial transmission occurring in schools.

Feb 12, 2021 · 11:10 AM UTC

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Will be interesting to see how the ONS data to be released to aligns with all this. But we can't possibly be talking about opening schools without looking at real-world data which all points to needing better mitigatory measures in schools. Not just 3 wks later, but right now.
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Replying to @dgurdasani1
I agree completely based on data I'm seeing in British Columbia, Canada.
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Vaccinate school staff and teachers before reopening schools! I don’t get why this isn’t a priority.
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AND CHILDREN!! Everybody vaccinated or stay home.
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But are these schools using any precautions? Strict masking? Distancing? Pods? Quarantining? It’s working at my kids’ schools ptu ptu ptu. So far.
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I can't speak for those schools, but in my district we've had 1/2 day hybrid in-person with masks and 6 ft. distancing. (We've been full-time remote.) But in early April my district will change from hybrid to full-time in person with 3 feet between students and no masks at lunch.
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Are schools closed to key worker and vulnerable children too? Schools in England are 'closed' but some running at 40% capacity or more 😬
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