Cork GP says Covid cases in education settings are inevitable, but schools are doing everything right

Cork GP says Covid cases in education settings are inevitable, but schools are doing everything right

A CORK GP has said that Covid-19 cases in school communities are “inevitable”, but that people should be reassured that “schools are doing everything right. Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A CORK GP has said that Covid-19 cases in school communities are “inevitable”, but that people should be reassured that “schools are doing everything right”.

The comments, from former Lord Mayor John Sheehan, came amid reports a primary school in Cork city told parents that a positive case of Covid-19 was identified within the school community.  

Scoil Bhríde Eglantine in Douglas sent an email to parents of pupils to make them aware of the situation and to assure them that the school has engaged with the National Public Health Team.

It is understood pupils at the school, who have been affected by the case of Covid-19, have been informed by phone and that pupils who are not affected are attending school as normal. 

Dr Sheehan, of Blackpool Bridge Surgery on the northside of the city, said that further cases in schools are inevitable and that although a rise in Covid-19 cases would be of concern for parents that "data shows that the transmission rate between children is actually quite low and the transmission rate from children to adults is actually quite low as well." 

“Schools have put a huge effort into measuring all of this. Despite their best efforts there's still going to be an outbreak and schools will follow the protocols and I think we just have to manage it.

“We can't shut down the whole country again, that’s not practical. It is so important that children go back to school and we have to refrain from scaremongering, get the correct information and deal with it in a rational way,” Dr Sheehan said.

He said that despite Cork’s “exceptional” response to keeping the virus at bay which has been “down to the efforts of everyone”, that there will be outbreaks in schools and in other settings and “we just have to manage it as best we can while allaying peoples’ fears”.

Dr Sheehan said that parents with concerns about sending their children to school should be reassured that schools are doing everything right and that while that cannot eliminate the risk entirely, it will reduce it.

He said that an important fact to highlight is that the outcome for children who are found to have Covid-19 is “good and they do well”.

The Echo has contacted Scoil Bhríde Eglantine for comment. 

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