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Follow the World Health Organization's instructions to reduce your risk of infection:

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

Devi Sridhar
+ Your AuthorsArchive @devisridhar Professor & Chair of Global Public Health, @EdinburghUni Medical School. Director of @GlobalHealthGP. Health governance, financing, policy, systems & security. May. 17, 2020 1 min read

Thread on schools: schools should re-open as soon as possible but must be integrated into 'test/trace/isolate/support' strategies & with full transparency to teachers & parents about the trade-offs involved & large scientific uncertainty.

Big questions around severe inflammatory disorder in kids several weeks after exposure to COVID that both New York & Italy have reported. Problem is we don't have a denominator (how many kids exposed) so can suggest it is rare but do not know *how* rare.

Local-level data is needed by neighborhood to inform parents/teachers/council officials on levels of transmission & daily number of new cases to inform decisions about schools opening. This puts information directly into hands of key members of the educational community.

There will never be no risk. There is a risk associated with daily driving & cycling- but parents/teachers/school heads want to know the level of risk to make data-driven, local decisions. Large nat'l decisions not optimal in these situations given variance within a country.

Also find it astounding that govt blaming key workers: saying health workers not using PPE properly & implying teachers don’t care about kids. These are people who did not pursue careers for money or power but for improving society. They just want to be listened to & protected.

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