Coronavirus: Risk of flu or road accident higher than COVID-19 for schoolchildren, says deputy CMO

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Dr Harries says a well-controlled school environment "should be a safe one" - as some parents remain worried about the new term.
The risks of catching flu or being involved in a road accident are "higher" than contracting coronavirus for schoolchildren, England's deputy chief medical officer has said.

Dr Jenny Harries told Sky News she understands why parents are wary, but said a well-controlled school environment "should be a safe one" considering the information now available about COVID-19.

"The long term harms of children not attending school significantly, we think, outweigh those potential risks," she said.

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"No environment is completely risk-free.

"Every time a parent sends their child off to school pre-COVID they may have been involved in a road traffic accident, there are all sorts of things.

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"In fact that risk, or the risk from seasonal flu, we think is probably higher than the current risk of COVID."

She added: "Obviously, parents' worst nightmare would be the death of a child, and we know that is an exceptionally rare event.

"We also know that children very rarely get…
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