New Delhi: Once India resumes schools, it would be wise to say that in the early stages, children are infected with the virus and have fewer receptors, which makes them better at handling viral infections than adults, said ICMR’s director general. Balram Bhargava on Tuesday.

However, he stressed that in order to take such a step into account, it is important to ensure that school teachers and other support staff members are vaccinated.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the recent National SeroSurvey of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found that seroprevalence in 57-96 per cent of people between the ages of six and nine is the same as that of adults.

Asked about opening schools as COVID-19 cases have dropped in many districts, Bhargava said children can better control viral infections than adults and it has also been established that they have a lower number of people infected with the virus.

“In some countries, especially among the Scandinavians, they (the authorities) did not close their primary schools during the first, second or third wave … whatever the (covid) waves, their primary schools were always open.

“So, once India starts thinking of opening schools, it would be wise to start with those primary schools. In addition, we must ensure that all support staff members, be they school bus drivers or teachers, are vaccinated.”

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