British experts point to worrying role of children and schools in virus circulation

Adolescents aged 12 to 16 in particular are seven times more at risk of introducing the coronavirus into a household than those over 17 when middle schools are open.

According to the latest report from the group of scientific experts advising the British government, the opening of schools and colleges plays a significant role in accelerating the epidemic in the country. Faced with the epidemic outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also made the decision Monday evening to reconfine all of England, schools included.

The SAGE group (acronym for Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies) even warns that adolescents aged 12 to 16 were seven times more likely to introduce the coronavirus into a household than those over 17. The role of the under 12s is weaker, but remains important, and it is in school, or in related activities, that contamination takes place.

These conclusions, published on December 31, are an update of the previous opinions of this scientific council on the role of schools and children in the epidemic. Scientists rely on observation

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