Prime Minister Boris Johnson said opening UK schools next month is a “moral obligation”, and in the event of a virus outbreak, “the last thing we want to do is close schools. learn”.
To avoid the scenario Mr. Johnson described on Monday, health experts said the government would have to be willing to sacrifice a British divine organization – the pubs, as well as restaurants, had reopened. back a few weeks but increasingly is seen as one of the greatest risks to spreading the virus.
Mr. Johnson’s push to reopen schools has left him in conflict with teacher associations and the local government, which often accept that schools should reopen but argue that testing systems and British contact tracing was not strong enough to cope with possible outbreaks that could ensue.
They say the government has not formulated a plan on how teachers should handle sick students or communicate with parents if there is an epidemic. Some say Mr. Johnson’s back-to-school campaign hit a government that emphasized other priorities, like eating at a restaurant and playing tag.
“The big question is, if you open schools, how long can you keep them open?” Says Devi Sridhar, director of the global health management program at the University of Edinburgh. “If there was an infection, would you shut down the entire school? Are you closing down a single classroom? “
Professor Sridhar says the safest way to open schools is to slow down transmission – and the way to do that, she says, is to shut down “the night economy.” In the Scottish city of Aberdeen, she noted, nearly 800 people were forced into quarantine because of an outbreak that authorities tracked down a few pubs.
“My message is, you have to choose,” she said. What part of the economy must you sacrifice? Something needs to be given away. “