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Finland re-opened schools last week. Now they have found COVID-19 in 4 schools and set the pupils and staff in quarantine. Here in Sweden the schools and municipalities don't even inform families of corona infections in school though they still tell about lice and stomach flu. 1/
One exception to the rule is Kågeskolan in Skellefteå where a teacher died and 25% of the staff (18 people) tested positive. None of the pupils were tested. The school closed for a small while - due to lack of staff, not because of a quarantine. 2/8 lararen.se/nyheter/corona…
Another member of school staff died in Danderyd. No one was tested, no one was quarantined. 3/8 lararen.se/nyheter/corona…
A 51-year-old member of school staff died in Nacka. I read about it in this Finnish article and have heard about it from the families in the school. 4/8
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A cleaner in a school in Kungsholmen died of COVID-19. No tests, no quarantine. I've heard about it from a parent. 5/8
A 66-year-old teacher died of COVID-19 in Botkyrka. I've read about in Twitter and in FB. 6/8
Teachers in Uppsala are upset as they are not allowed to tell pupils and parents about COVID-19 infections in school. 7/8 svt.se/nyheter/lokalt…
People don't get informed of COVID-19 spreading in Swedish schools. There is no quarantine. You might hear about it if you know teachers, their families / parents of the pupils. Have you heard of the aforementioned or other school-related cases in Sweden? 8/8 #coronaSverige
In #Sweden, if a family member has COVID-19, the others continue living normally, go to school etc. If you get ill, you return to school after 2 symptomless days - unless you're a child in which case you can return to school with a dry cough if it's been 7 days since you got ill.
In March, five private schools in Stockholm briefly closed because of COVID-19 infections in schools, to get time to get instructions how to proceed. The state epidemiologist said he doesn't understand why, as there was no reason for them to close. mitti.se/nyheter/stangn…
Schools in Mölndal and Nyköping also hiding COVID-19 infections:
A preschool in Malmö tried to hide a COVID-19 infection from the parents. The municipality's head of education stated it is the common policy for all preschools in Malmö. expressen.se/kvallsposten/f…
Four children in Sweden are affected by possibly coronavirus-related Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease. At least half have tested positive for COVID-19. More can be on the way. #coronaSverige #covid19Sweden #svmed #coronavirusSverige #covid19Sverige
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Why not test kids at school where 25% staff tested positive and one died:
- Wouldn't it be interesting to find out if they carry the disease?
- It wouldn't give much information. You can get infected anywhere, at school, work, hobbies, shops... svt.se/nyheter/lokalt…
This is a message from the education department of Stockholm and taken from a website of a school where someone died (some other schools have the same on their sites, too). Translation follows.
"Recommendations for schools on communication regarding coronavirus", "The school may be pressed to inform about the matter. It's very important the school remains as objective as possible and makes carefully considered decisions so that they won't add to concerns in society."
Gothenburg City: "Due to community spread we don't inform about COVID-19 in schools. ... Informing about COVID-19 doesn't reduce the spread. Instead, to reduce it it is important that sick children stay at home and healthy children go to school." goteborg.se/wps/portal/pre…
The same school again with 25% teachers having tested positive: Why are the pupils not tested?

"It would lead nowhere. Kids don't get very ill. Our whole test capacity goes to hospital patients & health care workers. We know from China children are not carriers of COVID-19."
Here's the link: lararen.se/nyheter/corona…
I had to post the link separately, but this is a quote from a infection control doctor in the Västerbotten province. But it may mirror the attitudes and instructions in the whole country.
The head of education in Uppsala: - If we told which workplaces and schools have infections, it would create a false sense of security by giving the idea other schools don't have them." svt.se/nyheter/lokalt…
"The principal says the school has followed Stockholm's policy of not informing parents. But there's no strict policy. Later he changes his mind. - It's ambigious. I see now I'm allowed to and I will do it." He explains how it can also cause more worry. aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/dO1O…
"The principal doesn't want to tell if there's infection in school. But parents want to know. - We're strict & tell everyone the same: Due to patient confidentiality & personal integrity we will not answer such questions - it's very important to me." lararen.se/nyheter/senast…
"Principal told the staff to keep the infections secret from parents. Principal doesn't want to comment and refers us to the head of education who says no preschools in Malmö informs parents about COVID-19: "We have a strict privacy policy." 1/2
"The staff wonders why they inform of stomach flu, pinworms and headlice which can be stigmatising for many families.
– We think the coronavirus spreads mostly among adults, not in all age groups, says the municipality's head of education." 2/3
"– When it's lice or stomach flu, we take the child's perspective. Parents need to be alert & children need to be treated. We inform the parents so that they know what's going on. Nobody gets singled out." /3
Why can't this alertness and general information be applied to COVID-19 as well?
Stocksundsskola where a member of staff died. "No measures have been taken." Teacher: "Many have been sick with same symptoms and got a suspected COVID-19 diagnosis. We don't know for sure because no one gets tested." 1/ skolvarlden.se/artiklar/den-a…
"When a teacher died in Kågeskolan, 18/76 of the staff tested positive. In the press conference they said that there is no other school with similar problems in Sweden. - I thought it was strange. It's exactly the same here. Many are sick and one has died. We've been silenced."
"– It is important to remember that if you don't have any symptoms, you are not infectious. That's why all our schools are open, says the head of education in Danderyd municipality."
svt.se/nyheter/tegnel… State epidemiologist Tegnell on March 17 when asked if Sweden will close schools:

"We have to remember that infections in schools are not dangerous and that this disease is not dangerous for children."

(My comment: There are also adults in schools.)
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