Given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States, it is important to recognize that some professionals are at an increased risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. While essential workers like nurses, doctors, and those working in medicine might come to mind first, another at risk group includes teachers and education professionals. Considering the importance of close-knit interactions with their students, teachers are at a heightened risk of contracting the virus. Keep reading to learn more about how The Vistas believes COVID-19 impacts students, with insight found by the AARP.
How are teachers at risk of catching COVID-19?
One of the main reasons for this is that classrooms are often overcrowded, and schools are often underfunded. This makes it especially difficult for students and teachers to adhere to the six-feet social distancing guidelines. While all teachers are at increased risk, teachers who are immunocompromised or over the age of 65 should be particularly concerned.
Some school districts have recognized the potential hazards of having their entire student body population in school. Many have attempted to minimize the dangers of overcrowding by only allowing half of their students to be in the building on any given day. They implemented a rotation system where half of the students come in on some days. Meanwhile, the other half of students come in on other days. While this is a great step in the right direction, teachers are still at an increased risk.
In addition to teachers being at increased risk for COVID-19 contraction, the virus definitely also poses a threat to students. COVID-19 can be transmitted to any individual. However, there is a clear correlation between age and the probability that an individual will be hospitalized. This means that teachers are at a potentially higher risk of being hospitalized due to the coronavirus than their pupils.
Now that you know more about COVID-19 be sure to keep practicing social distancing. Also, make sure to take all the necessary precautions if you are sending your children to school. This will all help protect teacher against the potential risks they face.