UP think tank says better to start classes in Dec., to stop COVID-19 spread

UP think tank says better to start classes in Dec., to stop COVID-19 spread




A bitter pill to swallow, for the good of everyone.

According to a think tank from the University of the Philippines (UP)  said that moving the start of classes to December will “greatly” reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.


UP Resilience Institute head Professor Mahar Lagmay explains that persons who are younger or are from the age group of 0 to 19 years old make the most physical interaction according to studies.

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“Nung tiningnan din po ang mga numbers ng mga schools, interaction rather ng different age groups, yung 0 o 19 years old, yung mga matatanda, nakita po dun sa models na yung interaction ay pinaka malaki kapagka yung mga bata ang nag iinteract,” Lagmay said in an online Palace briefing.
(When the number of schools or interactions of different age groups was looked into, between those from 0 to 19 years old age groups and the older ones, it was found out that the most interactions made based on models are the younger ones.)

“Kapag tayo ay walang klase, ito po ay nirerekomenda, ‘pag walang klase hanggang December ay malaki po ang maibabawas natin sa transmission ng COVID-19,” he added.
(If we do not have classes, and this is being recommended, if there are no classes until December, there will be a big decrease in the transmission of COVID-19.)
School classes in all level have been suspended since the month of March to complement the strict compliance of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols as laid down by the national government.
According to the Department of Education (DepEd)s said stakeholders and experts were leaning towards holding off the opening of classes until August as the COVID-19 crisis continues.




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