Zimbabwe: Health Expert Warns of Looming 'Massive, Catastrophic' Third Wave
[New Zimbabwe] HEALTH expert Solwayo Ngwenya cautions that schools, which opened some two months ago for 2021, are now super spreaders for new Covid-19 infections warning a "massive and catastrophic" third wave was looming. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 13, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?
Even before the pandemic, many female scientists felt unsupported in their fields. Now, some are hitting a breaking point. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Discrimination Colleges and Universities Women and Girls Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Social Media Race and Ethnicity Research Child Care Tenure Graduate Schools and Students Sexual Harassment #MeToo Movement Nature Source Type: news

COVID-19 in our dust may help predict outbreaks, study finds
(Ohio State University) A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus's RNA - part of the genetic material inside a virus - can persist up to a month in dust. The study did not evaluate whether dust can transmit the virus to humans. It could, however, offer another option for monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks in specific buildings, including nursing homes, offices or schools. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 13, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Czechs start to ease lockdown, youngest kids back to schools
The Czech Republic has taken its first steps toward easing a tight lockdown (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Study identifies specific antioxidants that may reduce oncogenic HPV infection in women
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A study led by Hui-Yi Lin, Ph.D., Professor of Biostatistics, and a team of researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Schools of Public Health and Medicine has found that adequate levels of five antioxidants may reduce infection with the strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with cervical cancer development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 12, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How schools meet the needs of students crushed by stress, depression
Many districts are increasing funding for mental health services and offer professional development for educators wondering how to best respond to the crisis. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - April 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

These West Michigan schools are staying in-person despite governor ’s remote learning recommendation
High schools in Kent and Muskegon counties are staying in-person despite a rise in COVID-19 cases among young adults. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Director: All Schools Should Fully Open This Fall CDC Director: All Schools Should Fully Open This Fall
The director of the CDC says that all schools should be open for in-person learning this fall, whether kids are vaccinated or not. Some children should become eligible for a vaccine next month.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: L.A. is lucky to have Austin Beutner as its schools chief
The LAUSD superintendent has done an admirable job serving the district's most vulnerable students during the pandemic. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Greece to reopen schools using self-test kits for COVID-19
Kits for self-administered coronavirus tests have begun arriving in Greek pharmacies, with residents entitled to one kit free of charge per week as part of efforts to tackle a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: The pandemic gives educators an opportunity to close so many divides
English learners are struggling with remote education, but there are new opportunities for schools to address longstanding inequities. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

On World Health Day, a Call for Equity, Justice & the End of Paternalism
Family planning counselor and nurse speaks to group at clinic in Nakuru, Kenya. Credit: Sala LewisBy Joyce Banda and Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins*WASHINGTON DC, Apr 7 2021 (IPS) The past year has forced many of us to address difficult truths about how we treat and take care of each other — among them is a reckoning with racism and injustice. In the global health and development sector, this reckoning is not new. Black, Brown and Indigenous women have been at the forefront of driving efforts to end inequity, racism and paternalism for decades, but the threats remain. As women and leaders in global health and development fro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Banda and Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins Tags: Development & Aid Education Environment Global Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Toronto schools shutdown amid third wave of infections
Schools in Canada’s largest city will shut down Wednesday and move to online learning because of a third surge of coronavirus infections fueled by more-contagious virus variants (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Newsom expects K-12 schools to be open full time in fall
New state guidance indicates that all K-12 schools should be offering full-time, five-days-a-week, in-person classes for the fall. Gov. Newsom stopped short Tuesday of saying it would be a mandate. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests, DHSC (updated 6th April 2021)
Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is for people without symptoms. 6 April 2021Added information for international arrivals to use the service. 1 April 2021Additional information on what to do if you test positive, and how to claim financial support. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC tells schools and businesses to 'end the hygiene theater'
'People can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 through contact with surfaces and objects, however... the risk by this route of transmission is actually low,' said CDC director Dr Walensky. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Active shooter taken down at Ft. Detrick in Frederick; 2 hurt, schools on lockdown
An active shooter has been taken down at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland after an incident Tuesday morning, authorities say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biden administration announces next steps in overhauling Title IX campus sexual assault rules
The government is planning multiple opportunities for the public to weigh in on how schools should respond when a student reports sexual... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In massive reopening effort at 1,400 L.A. public schools, safety is the priority
The complex logistics of awakening 1,400 Los Angeles schools is reaching a crescendo this week with officials especially focused on safety. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

Palestinian refugee youth in Jordan: parental practices, neighborhood cohesion and assistance, and adolescent wellbeing - Ahmad I, Smetana J.
In this study, a total of 335 Palestinian refugees (M = 15.5 years, SD = 1.05, 49% males), recruited from four United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) schools at the Al-Baqa'a and Jabal Al-Hussein refugee camps in Jordan, rated their neighborhood phy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

UCF study shows masks, ventilation stop COVID spread better than social distancing
(University of Central Florida) A new study from the University of Central Florida suggests that masks and a good ventilation system are more important than social distancing for reducing the airborne spread of COVID-19 in classrooms. The research, published recently in the journal Physics of Fluids, comes at a critical time when schools and universities are considering returning to more in-person classes in the fall. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

For some Black students, discrimination outweighed integration's benefits
(Duke University) Integrating the American classroom has long been a goal of many who seek to eradicate racial discrimination. But a new paper from four economists, including Duke University's William A. " Sandy " Darity Jr., suggests that Black students do not always benefit from attending racially balanced schools. Instead, Black adults who attended racially balanced high schools in mid-20th century completed significantly less schooling than those who attended either predominantly black or predominantly white schools, the authors found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The state of emergency preparedness and disaster management response education and training in American medical schools: preparing the future generations of medical professionals - Lin IC, McKenney M, Elkbuli A.
[The publisher has not provided an abstract for this article.] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Six Los Angeles Catholic schools to close, victims of pandemic hardship, years of struggle
Assumption, Blessed Sacrament, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ferdinand, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Madeleine are scheduled for closure. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa Source Type: news

Six Los Angeles Catholic schools to close, the pandemic a final blow after years of struggle
Assumption, Blessed Sacrament, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ferdinand, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Madeleine are scheduled for closure. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa Source Type: news

'You ’ll become Hindu’: Yoga remains banned in Alabama schools after senate vote
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Clears Rapid OTC COVID Tests for Serial Asymptomatic Screen FDA Clears Rapid OTC COVID Tests for Serial Asymptomatic Screen
The new OTC tests give schools, workplaces, communities, and others several options for serial screening tests that are accurate and reliable, the FDA said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - April 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests
Frequent self-testing is considered key to help reopen schools. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sudan: Schools Closed in Sudan's Red Sea State Amidst 3rd Covid-19 Wave
[Radio Dabanga] Port Sudan / Khartoum -- All primary and secondary schools in the localities of Port Sudan, Suakin, and Sinkat in the Red Sea state will be closed from today onwards for a week as part of precautionary measures to reduce COVID-19 infections, the Red Sea state wali (governor) Abdallah Shangarai decided yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

French government defends fresh measures against virus surge
France’s prime minister has defended new nationwide measures to combat a resurgent coronavirus in France that include closing schools for at least three weeks and putting in place a month-long domestic travel ban (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology, DHSC (updated 1st April 2021)
How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact-tracing data in its weekly reports. 1 April 2021Updated to include information on care home tests by staff, resident, visitors and visiting professionals. 25 March 2021Updated to add in new methodology for the managed quarantine service data and further detail for rapid testing in schools. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests, DHSC (updated 1st April 2021)
Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is for people without symptoms. 1 April 2021Additional information on what to do if you test positive, and how to claim financial support. 31 March 2021Added that you can collect tests from local pharmacies. Updated collection site opening hours to 2.30pm to 8pm. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid UK: Children may only be vaccinated if schools under threat of closure again, says adviser
Professor Adam Finn, a child vaccination expert at Bristol University, said the decision hinged on whether the vaccine would benefit children. Pfizer says their jab is 100 per cent effective in kids. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lenexa's Clinical Reference Laboratory rolls out pooled Covid-19 testing for schools
The Lenexa-based lab will work with a Boston public health effort to distribute the tests to schools. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 1, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Ellen Cagle Source Type: news

Children may only get Covid jabs if schools face the threat of closing again, says adviser
Professor Adam Finn, a child vaccination expert at Bristol University, said the decision hinged on whether the vaccine would benefit children. Pfizer says their jab is 100 per cent effective in kids. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blog: Fair pay for low-paid workers
Today, on 1 April, some of you will be getting a pay rise. But don’t be fooled – for some UNISON members working for outsourced contractors or private companies, any modest increase in your pay is not from an employer who is choosing to pay staff decent wages that they can afford to live on. It may well be because the rate of pay you receive from your employer is the national living wage rate – previously known at the national minimum wage, and the lowest rate of pay across the UK – or the real living wage. The rates for both are going up from today. If your employer has registered with the Liv...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea low pay Source Type: news

France to close schools and stop domestic travel after Covid surge
Emmanuel Macron announces three-week shutdown of schools after leaving restrictions ‘until last moment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance ’s schools are to close for at least three weeks and travel within the country will be banned for a month after Easter in an attempt to curb a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals, Emmanuel Macron has said.In a televised address to the nation, the French president said the government had waited “until the last moment” to impose further restrictions, winning the country “precious we...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 31, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jon Henley in Paris Tags: Coronavirus Emmanuel Macron France Vaccines and immunisation Europe World news Health Infectious diseases Medical research Science Society Germany Source Type: news

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests, DHSC (updated 31st March 2021)
Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is for people without symptoms. 31 March 2021Added that you can collect tests from local pharmacies. Updated collection site opening hours to 2.30pm to 8pm. 26 March 2021Clarified related occupations who should get tested twice weekly. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swaziland: Confusion As Schools Try to Reopen After Coronavirus Shutdown
[Swazi Media] There was confusion across Swaziland (eSwatini) as schools attempted to reopen after an almost one-year closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 31, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one, DHSC and Cabinet Office (updated 30th March 2021)
This page explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. 30 March 2021 Updated guidance to reflect changes in restrictions after 29 March. 12 March 2021 Removed reference to standards and clarified language around the fit and materials of face coverings. Also updated to reflect DfE's guidance in schools. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Britain's Covid cases drop by 13% in a week to 4,654 while deaths rise slightly to 23
Experts would be baffled by any genuine spike in deaths because infection rates have not spiralled out of control since schools in England reopened on March 8. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

LAUSD goes to great lengths to show schools are safe to reopen. But it's a tough sell
The theme of the moment is that L.A. schools are safe — but it's hard to turn on a dime after months of a contrary message. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

'Moment of reckoning' for UK schools as 5,800 accounts of abuse published
Campaign website Everyone’s Invited reveals the extent of sexual abuse and harassment in schools and universities (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sleep-deprived kids have gotten a break with remote learning’s later start times. Some hope it’s a wake-up call for schools.
The varying experiences offer educators a glimpse of the effects of later schedules. But will the past year yield enough evidence to persuade them to change? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak, DfE (updated 26th March 2021)
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 26 March 2021We have updated the information in the operational guidance on Test and Trace support payments, the expectations for clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and staff, educational visits, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, physical activity in schools and inspections. We have also added guidance on year 11 to 13 exam cohort attendance and provision for the 2021 summer term. 16 March 2021We have converted the schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance to HTML to make it more accessible. It does not contain ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 surveillance and immunity studies, DHSC (updated 25th March 2021)
An overview of national surveillance programmes to understand how COVID-19 is present and affecting the wider population. 25 March 2021Updated to include FAQs for the Vivaldi study, Schools Infection Survey and the UK Biobank SARS-CoV-2 serology study. 18 March 2021Updated to add further reports and documentation on the studies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Iceland introduces restrictions after UK variant is detected
Iceland’s government has ordered schools closed and halted public gatherings after detecting six people believed to have the coronavirus variant first found in Britain (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Some schools closing early Thursday due to threat of severe weather
There is a threat of severe weather on Thursday, May 25. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology, DHSC (updated 25th March 2021)
How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact-tracing data in its weekly reports. 25 March 2021Updated to add in new methodology for the managed quarantine service data and further detail for rapid testing in schools. 18 March 2021Updated to include information on tests conducted in care homes and additional information on testing in schools. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus UK: Daily cases fall 3% week-on-week to 5,605 while death toll falls to 98
The Department of Health figures show that cases remain low and level despite millions of people getting tested for the virus, suggesting keeping schools open will be safe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news