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Kids less likely to spread Covid so schools should stay open, says respiratory disease expert

By The Nation

 

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Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs

 

Closing schools to curb Covid-19 does more damage than good, because it deprives children of education, an expert in respiratory diseases said on Friday.

 

Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a specialist at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said adults were far more likely to spread Covid-19 than children. Writing on Facebook, he added that children rarely show symptoms after infection, while their death rate from Covid-19 is lower than from other common respiratory diseases.

 

“Closing schools helps stop the virus spreading from children to their families, but it is not worth it when children's opportunity to study is halted," he said.

 

Children were at risk of Covid-19 infection in school, especially young children, who find it hard to follow control measures, said Dr Manoon. He added that many children study in poorly ventilated classrooms, which increases the chance of the disease spreading. But he applauded the move to reopen public schools nationwide – except in Samut Sakhon – from Monday.

 

"We must recognise that we will have to live with Covid-19 for a long time, so I agree with the government's move to reopen schools soon," he said.

 

He added that teachers should be vaccinated to prevent them from spreading the virus to children in the classroom.

 

Currently, Thailand’s Covid-19 inoculation programme does not cover children, since more research is needed on the vaccines’ efficacy and safety in kids.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401998?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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Less likely to spread a virus,what a bunch of BS.  My kids were super spreaders. They would get infected at school and then share the virus or illness with myself and their mother. They were equal opportunity infectors.

27 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

he added that children rarely show symptoms after infection, while their death rate from Covid-19 is lower than from other common respiratory diseases.

 

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35 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a specialist at Bangkok's Vichaiyut Hospital, said adults were far more likely to spread Covid-19 than children

While I believe that is true, the fact is children can also spread covid. Children rarely get symptoms so viral loads must be less but when you get them all together in classrooms with teachers then spread it will.

 

In Zurich they've taken the approach that if they find two or more covid cases in a school then they mass test everyone. The results of the first mass test are in: 7% of the students and teachers tested positive.

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children, and seniors, were barred from leaving homes during the first wave.

they are not in the high risk group, because they don't get sick, don't have symptoms, they can spread the virus.

with kindergartens and schools closed, the best way to allow parents to work was grounding grandparents

 

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Hi is very correct as children rarely even have symptoms.  Nice to see someone using logic in their assessment.  Also, I have recently seen on google searches that there has never been a single "documented" case of an Asymptomatic transmission, meaning if you have no symptoms, you do not spread this virus.  Does anyone know for fact, of documented Asymptomatics spreading Covid?  Even the WHO says it is very rare, if it occurs at all. all..   https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52977940

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2 minutes ago, sungod said:

Teachers should be near the front of the queue for jabs under essential workers (if they are not already)

I know they say the vaccines distributed in the USA do not protect against spreading, or transmission of Covid.  It also does not protect one from contracting Covid. They say it will only reduce the symptoms of Covid.  I don't know if the vaccine used in Thailand is the same or not...?  

 

 

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/verify/verify-moderna-and-pfizer-vaccines-may-prevent-disease-but-not-infection/65-f65cb7ee-24dc-48d0-bc08-8cfb3423a3b6

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31 minutes ago, enjoybeing said:

Hi is very correct as children rarely even have symptoms.  Nice to see someone using logic in their assessment.  Also, I have recently seen on google searches that there has never been a single "documented" case of an Asymptomatic transmission, meaning if you have no symptoms, you do not spread this virus.  Does anyone know for fact, of documented Asymptomatics spreading Covid?  Even the WHO says it is very rare, if it occurs at all. all..   https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52977940

From another 6+month old article.... https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/research-and-innovation/over-40-of-covid-19-infections-are-asymptomatic-suggests-study-01-07-2020/

 

And therein lies the problem - you ask a group of scientists and you get a scientific reply. You ask another group and you get a completely different but still scientifically correct, answer. The correct response is - 'maybe, or not'.

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16 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Closing schools to curb Covid-19 does more damage than good, because it deprives children of education, an expert in respiratory diseases said on Friday.

He maybe a medical expert, but an education expert he is not.

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2 hours ago, enjoybeing said:

Hi is very correct as children rarely even have symptoms.  Nice to see someone using logic in their assessment.  Also, I have recently seen on google searches that there has never been a single "documented" case of an Asymptomatic transmission, meaning if you have no symptoms, you do not spread this virus.  Does anyone know for fact, of documented Asymptomatics spreading Covid?  Even the WHO says it is very rare, if it occurs at all. all..   https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52977940

Give it a rest please.  Many studies out there say the opposite and The Who has Backtrack on your claim of saying asymptomatic cases are rare.

 

Study: Up to 80% of COVID-19 Infections Are Asymptomatic | Time

 

WHO expert backtracks after saying asymptomatic transmission 'very rare' | World news | The Guardian

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17 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Kids less likely to spread Covid so schools should stay open, says respiratory disease expert

Well said... should have stepped up to the plate six weeks ago though, waiting for now that schools are going to re-open is a bit pointless.

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Of course kids spread Wuflu just like any other virus and more likely when they are asymptomatic as they won't stay away from school and playing with their friends or mixing with the rest of their family and carers. Keep schools shut!

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Less likely lol Sure, probably less likely than overcrowded drunken festivals, but schools all over Europe aren`t being shut down for fun, they`re shut down because of outbreaks. Despite Norway only having a couple of hundred daily new cases, outbreaks occur in schools all the time, shutting them down. I`m assuming Norway isn`t unique here. Children tend to spread the virus to other family members and friends, which often leads to outbreaks getting out of hand, new lockdowns/restrictions and a further increase in deaths of someone`s family members, perhaps even their own. Keep the schools closed.

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4 hours ago, ThailandRyan said:

Give it a rest please.  Many studies out there say the opposite and The Who has Backtrack on your claim of saying asymptomatic cases are rare.

 

Study: Up to 80% of COVID-19 Infections Are Asymptomatic | Time

 

WHO expert backtracks after saying asymptomatic transmission 'very rare' | World news | The Guardian

It looks like you have 'given it a rest' by referring to two articles that are both more than 7 months old (respectively from May and June 2020).

Glad to hear a voice of reason from a Thai doctor and not the usual dr Yong BS we are fed on the Forum.

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7 minutes ago, Peter Denis said:

It looks like you have 'given it a rest' by referring to two articles that are both more than 7 months old (respectively from May and June 2020).

Glad to hear a voice of reason from a Thai doctor and not the usual dr Yong BS we are fed on the Forum.

Just used the same time frame for the post as the poster I was referring to used.

 

Here are a few recent case studies and articles.  Good reading.

Covid-19: Asymptomatic Transmission Seen as Major Source of Infection | Physician's Weekly

 

The truth about asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 | UCHealth Today

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8 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

Just used the same time frame for the post as the poster I was referring to used.

 

Here is a recent case study and article

Covid-19: Asymptomatic Transmission Seen as Major Source of Infection | Physician's Weekly

This article - published Nov 2020 - in Nature, tells a different story.

> https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19802-w

It is not based on 'models' but on testing of almost 10 million (!) residents of Wuhan.

Attached below an excerpt:

 

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8 hours ago, ThailandRyan said:

Give it a rest please.  Many studies out there say the opposite and The Who has Backtrack on your claim of saying asymptomatic cases are rare.

 

Study: Up to 80% of COVID-19 Infections Are Asymptomatic | Time

 

WHO expert backtracks after saying asymptomatic transmission 'very rare' | World news | The Guardian

Of course they backtracked..  How could they impose control and sell vaccines if they didn't?

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14 hours ago, enjoybeing said:

Hi is very correct as children rarely even have symptoms.  Nice to see someone using logic in their assessment.  Also, I have recently seen on google searches that there has never been a single "documented" case of an Asymptomatic transmission, meaning if you have no symptoms, you do not spread this virus.  Does anyone know for fact, of documented Asymptomatics spreading Covid?  Even the WHO says it is very rare, if it occurs at all. all..   https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52977940

If what he is saying is true and you confer, please explain as to why the UK is therefore investing at least £912m in the rollout of mass testing for everyone in the coming months?

 

Also, try speaking to some teachers who will undoubtedly tell you Covid is fairly rife within schools? The fact that I have 3 friends who are teachers and of which 2 have already caught Covid, speaks volumes in itself!

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