Covid: should systematic screening be generalized in primary school?


VERIFICATION – This is what the last report of the Scientific Council recommends, but the Minister of Education does not seem to be taking this route.

THE QUESTION. Take a little saliva every week from the approximately 4.2 million primary school students in France to block the virus: this is the idea defended by the Scientific Council in its last opinion of September 13. Experts believe that “at the primary level, this screening should be systematic and weekly. Only children detected positive would then be sent home.“.

Echoing this, the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer has positioned himself in an ambiguous manner. “The strategy of extremely repeated, extremely massive testing of children does not only have advantages», He declared during his hearing by the Committee for Cultural Affairs and Education of the National Assembly on September 21. “For example, the French Society of Pediatrics warns that there can be both something anxiety-provoking and complicated about doing this repeatedly.», Added the Minister, while recalling that the tests

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