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US News Coronavirus: Clusters larger in secondary and higher education than in schools

19:05  02 october  2020
19:05  02 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Within schools and universities, 80% of clusters come from secondary education (45.7%) and higher education ( 33.3%)

Des élèves au lycée Condorcet de St Priest en juin 2020. © Bony / SIPA Students at the Lycée Condorcet in St Priest in June 2020. EPIDEMIA - Within schools and universities, 80% of clusters come from secondary education (45.7%) and higher education (33.3%)

A third of clusters of coronavirus

come from schools and universities, but they are more numerous in colleges, high schools and universities than in nursery schools and primary, according to figures from Public Health France.

According to the latest weekly bulletin from the French public health agency, 35.9% of 1,001 clusters under investigation

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occurred in schools and universities. Behind, we find private and public companies (18.4%) and health establishments (10.6%). This classification does not take into account clusters in nursing homes and in family settings.

Student parties, bars and restaurants, places of contamination Within schools and universities, 80% of clusters come from secondary education (45.7%) and from higher education (33.3%)

. And high-criticality clusters, that is to say with a high risk of transmission of Covid-19, are mainly concentrated in higher and post-secondary education (42.9%), where there is a average number of 24 cases per cluster. The health authorities have repeatedly pointed to the role of festive evenings in the increase in contamination among students.

"Among young people (20-40 years) (...), it seems that extra-university student parties and meetings in bars / restaurants are responsible for a significant number of contaminations", declared the Scientific Council, in a notice published Thursday evening. According to figures from Public Health France, nursery schools, kindergartens and early childhood education centers represent only 6.7% of school clusters

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, with a low criticality rate (5 , 9%) and an average of 5 cases per cluster.

The contagiousness of children is still the subject of debate

Primary school only concentrates 14.3% of clusters with a low level of criticality (11.1%) and 6 cases per cluster on average. While back to school began a month ago, children's contagiousness is debated and it is still not clear whether they are as contagious as adults. Several studies have shown that young children seem to transmit the disease little, perhaps because they have fewer symptoms (since coughing or sneezing increases the risk of passing the virus on to someone). However, a recent American study tends to the opposite conclusion.

Many experts call for a distinction to be made between children and adolescents, whose level of contagiousness seems to be more similar to that of adults. Despite the resurgence of the epidemic, Higher Education Minister Frederique Vidal on Wednesday ruled out the hypothesis of a "general closure of universities", at least for the moment. Health Coronavirus in Pas-de-Calais: Around 80 high school students from Lille infected in Touquet Society Coronavirus in Bourges: A cluster detected at X1 hospital

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