On the problematic school recovery, and on the psyche of a child positive for Covid-19
The reopening of schools is in serious danger.
We can analyze or interpret the data of the daily epidemiological bulletin as much as we like, assuming an optimistic or alarmist attitude, yet we still find ourselves in front of a thousand – almost yesterday [22/08/2020, ed] – of daily cases.
In other countries where schools are open, there is an epidemic resurgence that has led the government to close them (https://www.huffingtonpost.it/entry/la-germania-gia-richiude-oltre-100-scuole_it_5f40bc89c5b6305f3257c33d?fbclid= IwAR3P7j6X0EI-YlMByri2-cWGlaPtJIZvdXWRQVDRW9FNmpESZ4laha11oOc): children, as well as adolescents, while developing symptoms which – in most cases – are not so serious as to be within the competence of the health system (and therefore do not even weigh on the latter), are be as contagious as those who, on the other hand, develop more severe forms of the disease.
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Virologically we still do not know if the virus has weakened, and epidemiologically we have a better trend only because, thanks to more or less efficient screening and tracing, we find asymptomatic and paucisymptomatic young people. Yet there are serious cases even among the very young (https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2020/08/20/diciassettenne-ricoverato-in-terapia-intensiva-dopo-febbre-sintomi-gastrointestinali-e-positivo-al -covid / 5905365 /; https://www.ilmessaggero.it/salute/storie/giovani_in_condizioni_serie_puglia_polmonite_covid_ultime_notizie_news-5406821.html): reopening the schools, inevitably accelerating the spread of the virus means assuming the responsibility that, even if the young / very young infected may risk his life or in any case be hospitalized at a hospital.
He will not die, of course: but his is certainly not a pleasure trip. The psychological implications behind such an experience can be the most disparate: from a slow repression that could cause neurosis in later life (this according to the psychoanalytic method) to a severe post-traumatic syndrome that could lead to the boy – or child who is – to have serious problems in interacting with each other.
Focusing attention on the psyche of a Covid positive child developing an important symptomatology, it would be appropriate to remember how the Covid-19 disease is acquired through a virus that, the vast majority of times, is encountered due to a simple talking to the Other: if in the conscience of an adult the idea that the infection is involuntary is in focus, it is not necessarily so in the mind of the child, who could develop a rejection / phobia of the areas that expose him to contact with the other.
This is without counting how, being positive, and living plausibly with the family, these will almost certainly have infected the parents, and with them the grandparents, who are most at risk.
Not only that: having gone to school he may have infected his classmates, for whom the same discourse made for the infectious is valid. It’s not over yet: even the teacher may have been infected. It has been said that, in case a pupil should have flu-like symptoms (so even if they have an innocent fever from the sudden change of temperature or in any case not from Sars-Cov-2), the whole class – and the teacher – must be quarantined.
So far it is also good, but we are forgetting how the aforementioned teacher often and willingly owns several classes, and some even work at several institutes: well, do we quarantine entire institutes? You understand how this management is simply not feasible. And therefore: do we not simply open schools?
No, on the contrary: let’s open them. But we will have to be risk-ready, and I don’t know if, in practice, we really are.