Argentine parents concerned about children’s health as schools reopen

Argentine parents concerned about children’s health as schools reopen

[Music] mother of two teenage sons veronica serrall works in argentina’s health administration sector has only recently been able to take a week’s holiday since last year’s outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic at times her long work hours have left her boys at home by themselves it is said that children over 14 years old can be home alone and look after themselves but not all kids are the same they cannot all follow online teaching both the veronica’s sons are considered high risk for severe illness from covert 19. seventeen-year-old juan fran suffers from attention deficit disorder and is asthmatic fourteen-year-old maximiliano receives treatment for epilepsy and cannot spend an extended time in front of a screen since last march they’ve not returned to school training at their local sports club has been their only activity outside the home having recently received the first vaccine they are now waiting to be able to return to school maximiliano optimistically hopes he will soon be able to stop wearing a face mask when he leaves home juan fran is looking forward to returning to school he says he found online classes awkward harder to follow and preferred in-person learning and maximiliano attend this small school in the buenos aires province the director says they’re seeing the negative effects of a prolonged period of time away from school among many students it affected many people in terms of anxiety levels difficulty in sleeping there were many different situations the school tried to take this into account to get the best from each student juan fran and maximiliano struggled in the virtual classroom and students like them considered to be at high risk can only return to school once they’ve been vaccinated a group of parents including veronica successfully lobbied for their children to be included in the vaccination campaign in late july the government announced it would be using some of the 3.5 million modern vaccines donated by the united states for children between the ages of 12 and 17. after waiting over a year to receive the first vaccine veronica remains concerned about possible delays in her children receiving the second shot our fear is that they don’t get the second dose on time we hope that doesn’t happen as infection rates drop across argentina the government is looking to expand the level of in-person teaching across the country but until those children deemed at high risk have been inoculated they must wait at home joel richards for cgtn in buenos aires
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Argentine parents concerned about children’s health as schools reopen

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