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The back to school in Argentina is getting closer and everything indicates that it will be in format face-to-face and with all the students in the classroom. While this appears to be the first step back to the old normal, the Covid-19 not yet eradicated and specialists require keep care beyond that it has lowered the positivity rate in the country.

Recorded today 6,289 positives out of 41,328 testswhich gives a 15% positivity, a figure that had not happened since last August, months before the start of the wave that we are currently experiencing. This news is very encouraging, less than a month before the start of classes in primary schools, although for Peter Cahnmedical adviser to the president of the nation, should not be taken as a parameter.

In dialogue with Radio 10, the doctor specialized in infectology warned that “it may be that we will not have a regrowth when classes start but it will not be strange to happen” so “it must be done with great care, maintaining the protocols” to minimize contagion between students and teachers. Beyond this, he clarified that this issue was discussed with the Ministry of Health and that they did not ask him about his position on the matter.

“Us we were not consulted about attendance. No one is against attendance. Only you had to adapt it to the circumstances of the moment”, revealed the presidential adviser who recalled that “the pandemic did not end” and “we cannot ignore the mobilization that occurs with the return to classes it can bring an increase in cases.”

Finally, Cahn recommended “taking advantage of schooling to put vaccination posts» within the schools and thus reach the youngest and their direct relatives. In this way, it can be seen that not even those close to the national government share the decision taken and that the risk that the return to the classroom implies can be a very high cost in epidemiological matters.

Beyond the drop in positive cases and contagion, the start of the school year can also start a new wave beyond the large number of vaccinated people in the country because it was scientifically proven that a person can being infected again with the same variant 50 days later to receive medical discharge.


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