Will schools be opened? Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Tevfik Özlü explained
Professor of the Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee. Dr. Tevfik Özlü answered the question, "Will face-to-face training begin on February 15?" Özlü said, “Classes with 10 or 15 students and classes of 50 people should not be seen the same. This is also an important thing in terms of contamination. It should be evaluated as school-based and city-based. Instead of a national decision, regional, school-based, even feasibility can be made.
Breaking news: Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Tevfik Özlü made important evaluations about whether the schools should be opened on February 15.
Highlights from Özlü's comments:
First I would like to say this. I am a physician, I will mention the risks associated with opening schools. But these do not mean that schools do not open, they open late. I have to voice the danger, this is my responsibility. I talk about these risks, possibilities, but I am not a decision maker. The decision maker is the Ministry of Education.
While I am speaking here, if I restrain myself, the balance will not be well established. What is the health risk; i will speak The public administration will listen to all parties and will make a decision.
The situation regarding schools in the world is not the same in every country. Some values are mentioned, but they are not the same. There are some schools, some cultures, life differences. It has been shown that the opening of schools did not contribute to the spread of the epidemic. Infection occurred within the school, but no common transmission was reported. There is no evidence of transmission from the school.
THERE ARE RISKS
Schools are not seen as places that should be closed as a priority. Or it can be said as a priority for opening.
In Israel, for example, there is an increased risk of serious infections in schools. How is the situation with us? There is no data to support this. But I also read the studies on this subject in the world.
One of our risks is this. We have a large family structure. Our school children are in constant communication with their grandparents. Crowded family, being together, going to each other's house, eating and drinking, spending time. You know children have lower risk, but older people are the opposite. The relationship between these two generations needs to be taken into account.
Not every family is the same. There is a nuclear family, there is a returning home, there is a family that meets with their grandfather once or twice a week. So there is no homogeneous situation here. It may not be correct to generalize while speaking, to say that it will be effective or not. I would like to draw attention to this. The probability of infecting children is slightly higher in societies like ours.
Classes with 10 students and 15 students should not be considered the same as those with 50 students. This is also an important thing in terms of contamination. It should be evaluated as school-based and city-based. Instead of a national decision, regional, school-based or even feasibility can be made.
CALL FOR VACCINE PRIORITY TO TEACHERS
This order has its own logic. But we cannot say this. If teachers get vaccinated, there is no such thing as the risk ends in schools. But think like this