Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has issued a reassuring message to parents as children return to school.
Holohan acknowledged that parents may be anxious as children return to school tomorrow after the Halloween break.
“I am conscious that parents and guardians will be concerned about the high level of incidence of Covid-19 amongst the 5-12 age group, particularly as children head back to school on Monday after the mid-term,”.
He said that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) continues to monitor the level of incidence of the disease and closely review the epidemiological data, research and guidance and update their advice accordingly.
He stated that in the vast majority of cases, children who get Covid-19 experience mild or no symptoms and that public health advice is based on the direct experience of the pandemic in Ireland.
“It shows that child-to-child transmission is uncommon in school settings where there are preventive measures in place like those throughout our schools,”.
“Schools are vital to the health and wellbeing of our children and it is important that we continue to balance the priorities of safeguarding public health in the community with the social and psychological development needs of our youngest generation.”
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