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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 726-727

Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Implications for schools and strategies to prevent school-based transmission


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Chengalpet, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Chengalpet, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_89_20

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The ongoing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has finally been declared as a pandemic not only because of the caseload and the geographical distribution, but also because of the expectation that the prevailing trends suggest that the number of cases, attributed deaths and also the number of affected nations is expected to increase further. Amidst all these alarming developments, it becomes an important priority for the health professionals and stakeholders to ensure that school children and educational facilities are protected adequately. There is a need to ensure that measures are taken in school settings to prevent the entry and spread of the causative virus through those individuals who might have been exposed to it. In conclusion, the current trends suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic is there to stay and affect a greater number of individuals and nations. Amidst all these health concerns, it becomes our responsibility to not only safeguard the health status of school-going students, but also ensure that their learning is not affected and thus a balanced and an evidence-based approach is the need of the hour.


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