Do not blame colleges: Henry
The Canadian Press – Sep 14, 2022 / 12:12 pm | Story: 385162
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Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks throughout a COVID-19 replace on the legislature in Victoria, BC, on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
British Columbia’s provincial well being officer says the findings of a examine she co-authored exhibiting youngsters and youth have had the very best charges of COVID-19 in components of the province shouldn’t be interpreted to recommend these infections occurred principally in colleges.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has been criticized by some dad and mom, advocacy teams and health-care professionals who say a significant bounce in infections occurred in the course of the faculty 12 months amongst youngsters underneath the age of 10.
They are saying measures like masking for all college students and air filtration upgrades in colleges might have been taken earlier to guard youngsters in lecture rooms from a virus that was recognized to unfold by the air.
Nonetheless, Henry says some youth have been turning into contaminated once they weren’t eligible for a vaccine, and sickness amongst these underneath 19 was corresponding to transmission of the virus in the neighborhood.
She says the findings of the examine, which has not been peer-reviewed and was printed on-line final week, are just like these in different jurisdictions the place colleges have been closed for for much longer than in BC
The examine lists Henry amongst 13 consultants who say a collection of surveillance studies of infections from the beginning of the pandemic till August this 12 months present at the least 70 to 80 per cent of youth in Higher Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have been contaminated with COVID-19 .