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Once India starts reopening schools, it would be wise to start with the primary section: ICMR chief | India News

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NEW DELHI: Once India starts reopening schools, it would be wise to start with the primary part, as children have a lower number of ace receptors for the virus to attach to, making them much better at dealing with viral infections than adults, ICMR said Director General Balram Bhargava on Tuesday.
However, he stressed that in order to consider such a move, care must be taken to ensure that school teachers and other support staff are vaccinated.
Speaking at a news conference, he said the latest national sero survey from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found that the seroprevalence among the six to nine age groups was 57.2 percent, which is very similar to adults.
Asked about opening schools since the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased in many districts, Bhargava said that children cope with viral infection much better than adults and they have also been found to have a lower number of ace receptors to which the virus attaches. .
“In some countries, especially the Scandinavian ones, they (authorities) did not close their primary schools during the first, second or third wave… whatever (Covid) waves they had, their primary schools were always open.
“So, as soon as India considers opening schools, it would be wise to start with primary schools. We also need to ensure that all support staff, be it school bus drivers or teachers, are vaccinated,” Bhargava said.

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