Students will no longer have to quarantine due to close contact nor will there be confined classes
Yesterday, after a meeting of the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities, the Public Health Commission approved eliminating the obligation to quarantine when you have been in close contact with a positive person for Covid, regardless of whether or not you are vaccinated. This measure, which will come into force as of Saturday, March 5, also affects classrooms, which is where it will have the greatest impact.
Greater impact on schools
It is a general measure, for all people, but where its effects will be seen most will be in schools, where students will no longer have to quarantine at home if they have been in close contact with a positive or if their class detect five or more infections .
Until now, the action protocol in the school environment -which is still in force-, establishes that infant and primary school students do not have to quarantine if there are less than five cases in class (except immunosuppressed) regardless of whether they are close contact or not, and whether or not they are vaccinated. But if the cases number five or more, or 20% of the class, everyone is sent home and the classroom closed.
In secondary school, from the age of 12 (like the rest of the population), those who are not vaccinated in close contact must quarantine, a differentiation that is not made with children in Infant and Primary. But it won’t be like that in a few days.
In any case, the technicians recommend that during the 10 days after the last exposure with an infected person, close contacts take extreme precautions and reduce social interactions as much as possible by constantly using the mask, maintaining adequate hand hygiene and especially , avoiding contact with vulnerable people.
The positives will continue to do confinement
For the positives there are no changes. In case of contagion by Covid, home isolation must be maintained for seven days.
Removal of masks in classrooms
Another issue on the table, the next step towards “normality” after the withdrawal outdoors , is the withdrawal of masks in classrooms.
The Spanish Association of Pediatrics considers that they should begin to be withdrawn in a staggered manner, starting with six-year-old children, and as a starting point to withdraw them at all levels, and then also indoors in the adult population.
For their part, not all parents are convinced to take the step, and have doubts about whether it would be too hasty.
Some autonomous communities already have it in mind. Andalusia and Catalonia are in favor of withdrawing them and have already expressed their wish that it be done before Easter.