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Lauterbach: Students first infect each other - then their parents

BERLIN. According to the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach, not enough is being done to prevent the spread of the corona pandemic in German schools. “The problem in schools has always been underestimated in Germany,” he said in Berlin at the “Süddeutsche Zeitung economic summit”. The number of infected people among 10 to 19-year-olds is currently about ten times as high as during the first Corona wave in the shutdown.

Of course, it is also conceivable that these children become infected with their parents, "but the studies show that children are primarily infected with each other at school and then their parents," said Lauterbach. "If it goes on like this, we would expect that what we fight for in the restaurants, in the pubs and the like, that we lose it in the schools, and completely." Background: State governments have been claiming for months that infections are only brought into schools "from outside". Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig declared yesterday: "The problem is not the infections in the schools but outside the schools!"

Lauterbach: Halving classes in secondary schools - "no ifs or buts"

Lauterbach advocates “no ifs or buts” for halving school classes. You had seven or eight months to prepare for studying from home. Many countries in Scandinavia or Asia would have made it. He excluded primary schools from his appeals because the number of infections is lower and the risk of infection appears to be lower. With a view to societal deprivation, the epidemiologist said that one had to "pull it off". Some of the people will look back on a postponed wedding later, while others will have to struggle with the long-term effects of the disease.

Last week Lauterbach had already urged the state ministers of education with sharp words to prepare for the switch to shift lessons. "Unfortunately, the situation in schools is out of control," he wrote on Twitter. “What we gain in restaurants and pubs we lose in schools.” Ventilation alone will not be enough in schools to avoid infections. School operations can only be maintained over the winter with smaller learning groups (News4teachers reported extensively on Lauterbach's criticism). News4teachers / with material from the dpa

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