The County of San Diego, San Diego County Office of Education, and Rady Children’s Hospital formed a partnership to create a video to address parent questions about COVID-19 and reopening schools. The video includes presentations by Rady Children’s Hospital’s infectious disease physicians and other experts on symptoms, mitigation measures, and lessons learned from other countries’ reopening of schools and from the hospital’s experience treating COVID patients.
Thirteen countries opened schools between February and May, and others have opened since using mitigation strategies such as alternating days, face masks, physical distancing, increased handwashing, and temperature checks. The results varied from country to county, with Denmark and Norway, for example, showing no increase in cases, and Israel experiencing an increased number of outbreaks.
The experts’ presentation includes an overview of mitigation measures that have been shown to be effective in slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19:
- Physical distancing of at least six feet
- Utilizing outdoor spaces to allow greater space between people and improve ventilation
- Physical barriers to prevent the spread of droplets and facilitate social distancing
- Hand hygiene
- Grouping students into cohorts, which decreases the number of exposures for staff and students and minimizes the number of exposed persons if someone becomes ill
- Screening for symptoms to identify ill individuals and reinforce reporting of symptoms
- Testing (especially important because many people who contract COVID-19 are asymptomatic), which also helps differentiate COVID-19 from influenza and other viruses
The Rady Children’s Hospital experts remind viewers that what happens outside of school is as important as what happens on campuses. We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to being online, the video will also air on iTV Cable 16:
- Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 29 at noon
- Sunday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.