The Buenos Aires government evaluates changing the protocol in schools

The Buenos Aires government is evaluating the implementation of a new sanitary protocol for schools that would make the definition of “suspicious case” more flexible. to avoid “punctured bubbles”.

Hand in hand with a favorable situation at the national level, the schools of the City of Buenos Aires have registered a decrease in the cases of covid-19: between June 15 and July 15, 2,537 positives were detected in schools, while that in August – when full and mandatory presence was implemented – there were 1,836 infections.

But this improvement is not consistent with the number of courses that must be isolated: in the last month there were 97 percent more suspected cases, which later turned out to be negative. In this way, it went from 2,679 isolated bubbles to 5,267.

The new protocol

“We are working on a new protocol so that this stops happening. The fine print is not yet defined, but the idea is that the presence is not interrupted at the slightest symptom. We are in a time of seasonal viruses and it is normal for there to be children with congestion that is not necessarily covid ”, they confirmed from the Ministry of Education.

The portfolio led by Soledad Acuña is working on a new protocol that make the definition of a suspected case more flexible: Demanding that they appear at least two symptoms compatible with coronavirus and that only the suspected case is isolated until swabbing is done. If the test is positive, only then would the rest of the course and the teachers be isolated.

Delta variant

Also, the new protocol I would contemplate how to act in case they appear positive with the Delta variant. Based on what happened in the ORT school, the Buenos Aires government evaluates how to act, since the current protocol establishes that “all close contacts (cohabiting or non-cohabiting) of probable or confirmed cases of the delta variant must quarantine for 14 days since the last contact with the case, regardless of its immunization status ”. From the tenth day, they add, with negative PCR they can be discharged.

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