The first bell after the summer holidays will ring from the calendar on 13 September in Italian schools. But “postponing the boys’ return by 20 days”, moving the first day of school to “Monday 4 October”, would first of all guarantee “a more lenient weather”, but above all it would restart having in the country “10% of more vaccinated “, if we returned to the rate of 500 thousand daily doses. This is the proposal of Italo Farnetani, full professor of paediatrics at the Free Ludes University of Malta. “In 2014 – explains Farnetani to Adnkronos Salute – a proposal was made by some parliamentarians to delay the opening of the school year to October 1. And I had already declared myself in favor, as the second half of September it is usually characterized by high temperatures which cause stress for the pupils, delaying the acquisition of school chronobiological rhythms that must be reacquired after the summer break “. In times of Covid “this solution would also be associated with the advantage of being able to carry out more than 10 million vaccinations”, proceeding at the rate of half a million vaccines in the 20 days between 13 September and 3 October. “This figure represents about 10% of the Italian population that can be vaccinated (from 12 years upwards)”. Thus the schools, with all the load of travel and interpersonal contacts that they carry with them, would start again in a more protected context, Farnetani observes: “We have in fact a net increase in vaccination coverage with a lowering of the risk of contagion both at school and during the of transport when about 20 million people in the morning and another 20 million on the way out – between pupils, parents or other relatives, teachers and school staff. It is therefore evident that having administered the considerable figure of 10 million more doses would have a weight “.
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