Consequences of lockdown and isolation | Essay

We live in a split country where some teenagers and children get sicker of social isolation and school lockdown than the coronavirus.

This makes doctors and psychologists ask questions about if schools’ opening would be better in the long run than the long-term harm of isolating children and teenagers away from school and friends.

What exactly is the right thing to do? Would a reopening at this moment put teachers and young people at a too big risk?

On the other hand, we have the article “Coronavirus, schools, and children - what are the risks?”. Here they state the problems in more neutral terms.

Overall, they put more focus on questions like what’s the risk to teachers? And do schools play any role in actually spreading coronavirus?

According to Jenny Harris, England’s deputy chief medical officer, schools are not the worst in spreading the virus.

Furthermore, it seems like teachers have the same risk of getting infected by coronavirus as other people.

For example, in December, 15 percent of all teachers in England had tested positive for antibodies, which means that they have an ordinary risk for their age.

Contrary to everything speaking for a reopening of schools, Dr. Shamez Ladhani, who is the chief investigator of the ONS schools survey and a consultant at Public Health England, says the following:

“The long-term harm of keeping children out of school is “enormous,” but he also says, “the risks are not zero.”

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