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Coronavirus issued to visit schools and day care centers
The coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 continues to spread. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there are now over 800 confirmed infections in Germany. Over 100,000 people have already been infected worldwide. In Bavaria it has now been decided that children and adolescents are not allowed to go to school or daycare for two weeks after returning from a risk area.
"Pupils and children up to school who have been in a risk area within the last 14 days in accordance with the current determination by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) are not allowed to go to school for a period of 14 days after returning from the risk area , Day care center, day care center or day care center, ”says the Coronavirus General Order of the Bavarian Ministry of Health.
Different Italian risk areas
According to a statement by the ministry, risk areas are, according to the RKI definition, "areas in which continued transmission from person to person can be suspected".
In Italy, this includes South Tyrol (corresponds to the Province of Bolzano) in the Trentino-South Tyrol region, the Emilia-Romagna region, the Lombardy region and the city of Vo in the province of Padua in the Veneto region.
Risk of transmission particularly high among children
The reason for the measure is, among other things, in the general order: “Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable. The risk of transmission among children is particularly high because childish play in the early childhood facilities regularly brings about spontaneous close physical contact between the children. "
In addition, adherence to disciplined hygiene labels is “dependent on age and the possibility of assuming (personal) responsibility and therefore requires child-appropriate support from adults. This support cannot always be guaranteed continuously by the supervisors in the facilities with a large number of cared children. "
And further: “Rather, the rooms in the facilities generally provide retreat opportunities. Therefore, complete surveillance cannot always be guaranteed spatially. This increases the risk of infections spreading within the facility and being carried home to the families. ”
Prevent the spread of infection
"Therefore, after considering all the circumstances, a general arrangement is required to prevent the spread of the infection in the area of schools and childcare," said a spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health.
“This arrangement also applies to day care for children when only one child is cared for. Because even then a transfer to other children is not excluded. The order is not limited in time. If the risk is assessed again, the general order will be canceled. "
The general order further explains: "It is expressly not the task of the executing agency, the staff employed or the day care worker to specifically research by asking whether children have been in a risk area. Only if there is positive knowledge about these pupils and children may no longer be cared for. ”(Ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care: The Bavarian Ministry of Health issues a general decree for coronavirus to visit schools and daycare centers for travel returnees from risky areas such as South Tyrol, (accessed: 08.03.2020), Bavarian State Ministry for Health and Care
- Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care: General decree of the StMGP for visiting schools, day care centers, day care centers and special education day care centers. (Call: 08.03.2020), Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care
- Robert Koch Institute (RKI): COVID-19: International Risk Areas and Particularly Affected Areas in Germany, (accessed: March 8, 2020), Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
- Robert Koch Institute (RKI): COVID-19: Case numbers in Germany, China and worldwide, (accessed: March 8, 2020), Robert Koch Institute (RKI)