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Lockdown could have increased Covid death toll, Scottish study finds

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While it has been widely accepted that the closure of UK schools in March was bad for the life chances of its children, a research paper from the University of Edinburgh has gone as far as to say that the move could have contributed to a higher Covid-19 death toll.



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The study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggested lockdown restrictions were the most effective way of reducing peak demand for intensive care unit beds, but argued they were also likely to prolong the epidemic because, once lifted, they left a large population susceptible to the virus.

Some commentators have seized on the study as evidence that the government was too quick to impose a full lockdown, including shutting schools, and should have allowed herd immunity to build up in the younger population instead.

“Major study reveals Covid rules may INCREASE deaths,” said Thursday’s Daily Mail front page. “Herd immunity ‘could have saved more lives than social distancing’,” read the Telegraph’s.

The study’s conclusions are consistent with the strategy proposed in the Great Barrington declaration – a letter signed by an international group of scientists earlier this week – arguing for “focused protection” of the most vulnerable and allowing the rest of society to return to relative normality.



text: A billboard in Watford, Hertfordshire, in April. The Edinburgh university study argued that lockdown solved an immediate crisis but did not provide a long-term solution.


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A billboard in Watford, Hertfordshire, in April. The Edinburgh university study argued that lockdown solved an immediate crisis but did not provide a long-term solution.

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However, assumptions made by the study mean its conclusions would only hold water if all social distancing restrictions were lifted, resulting in a large second wave and others after that, and if an

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United Nations agencies call for increased investment in education

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Oct. 5 (UPI) — Now is the time to reimagine education around the world to make it more equitable for everyone, several United Nations agencies and their partners said in a joint statement Monday celebrating World Teachers’ Day.

While the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated inequities, the statement said teachers have led the way in innovation and creativity to serve students despite the limitations.

“In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind,” said the statement from Audrey Azoulay of UNESCO, Guy Ryder of the International Labor Organization, Henrietta H. Fore of UNICEF and David Edwards of Education International.

The statement said teachers have “individually and collectively” worked to find solutions and create environments where students could learn safely during the pandemic.

“Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important,” the statement said.

The United Nations said the pandemic forced the school closures for more than 90% of the student population globally. It said it has had “devastating consequences” for those living on the margins around the world.

“We now need to think beyond COVID-19 and work to build greater resilience in our education systems, so we can respond quickly and effectively to these and other such crises,” the joint statement said. “Without urgent action and increased investment, a learning crisis could turn into a learning catastrophe.”

The partners called on increased investments into education around the world, upgrading educational education opportunities globally and protecting the safety and wellbeing of educators.

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External Factors That Could Impact American Increased Schooling

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Distance Studying is a priority for most who’ve already set their lives out in a technique or another in that their obligations have been laid out, and in fairly a few circumstances, would not enable for regular College schedules. But, due to the older age and they have left the school for a very long time, grownup college students may afraid to share their thoughts brazenly because of the terrified of how they will be judged and they are afraid the answer they provide might be mistaken.

RTalloni, I love the exercises in serving to college students to have interaction in the classroom and to understand collaboration. And clearly the NBA is now wanting abroad to seek out gamers with skills that American players as soon as realized in college. The classroom setting additionally offers lively discussions that you could be not encounter in a group college setting as these attending a college are sometimes more excited about their chosen major.

Typically, grownup learners have higher time administration skills as they should allocate time for their job and research whereas carrying out their family obligations. Attending lectures from specialists within the field, studying and researching encourages college students to suppose, to ask questions and to explore new concepts.

Shaw, who dropped out of faculty at age 14, did not stop learning, he simply stopped attending faculty; and like many self-taught writers, the library grew to become his new heart of education. College students tend to find this exercise useful, each in my face-to-face and on-line lessons.

It’s crucial that while you strive getting a Christian college degree on-line, the institution is duly credited by your native commission on increased education, as well as a Christian greater education certification. These colleges, nevertheless, require that you have not taken any college course …