As the new school year gets underway, teachers may take solace in the fact that a recent study has shown that they are no more at risk than anybody else of contracting or being hospitalized with severe COVID-19.
According to researchers in Scotland, this may be due to the fact that many schools take measures that other businesses do not. According to the scientists, it’s also conceivable that the instructors in the research were younger and healthier than the rest of the workforce.
According To The Findings Of The Study, Teachers Are Not At Increased Risk For Severe COVID
When compared to other working-age adults, teachers have a risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 that is about average, according to Dr. David McAllister, the study’s lead author and professor of clinical epidemiology and medical informatics at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing.
Teachers, in contrast to healthcare professionals, are not at higher risk of hospitalization as a result of COVID-19, even while schools are open.
McAllister and his colleagues used data from March 2020 to July 2021 to compile information on more than 132,000 individuals with COVID-19, ranging in age from 21 to 65, as well as more than 1.3 million people from the general population, all of whom lived in Scotland. It was determined that teachers and their families were at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection than health care professionals and others.
According to the findings of the study, the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 for teachers, health service professionals, and other adults was less than 1 percent throughout the course of the study period.
According to the researchers, after accounting for variables such as age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic position, the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 was about 50% lower among teachers and their family members than among the general population.
According to the findings, the risk was almost four times greater among healthcare professionals and nearly twice as high among their families during the same time period according to the researchers.
When schools officially opened for the first time in the autumn of 2020, there was a 2.4-fold rise in the likelihood of instructors being admitted to the hospital, reaching a level comparable to that of the general population. By the summer of 2021, when vaccines began to be administered, a lesser rise of 1.7 times had been seen. In the journal BMJ, the findings were published online on September 1st.
According to Douglas Harris, Schlieder Foundation Chair in public education at Tulane University in New Orleans and head of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, it is not unexpected that teachers are not at greater risk than other groups.
As a result of the use of masks and social distance in schools, the danger of spreading COVID-19 is significantly reduced, according to him. He went on to say that vaccination is, without a doubt, the most important tool in combating the epidemic.
Once a vaccine has been authorized, Harris thinks school systems should require COVID-19 vaccines for instructors and pupils, including young children. According to Harris, as more people are immunized, the virus will target those who have not been vaccinated, particularly youngsters. However, he believes that everything should be done to prevent the spread of the virus and to keep schools open. There are negative health implications to shutting schools, according to Harris.