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There’s no extra Covid risk from living with kids, study finds

first_img– Advertisement – If you live with children, you’re not at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19, according to a large study carried out in the U.K.In fact, living with children was associated with a lower risk of dying from the coronavirus compared to those that didn’t live with children, researchers from the University of Oxford and London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.They investigated 9 million adults in the U.K. under the age of 65 between February and August to see whether the risk of infection with Covid-19, and the risk of severe outcomes from having the virus, was different for those living with and without children.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The study also looked at an additional 2.5 million adults above the age of 65 and also found that “there was no association between living with children and outcomes related to Covid-19.”Researchers highlighted that parents are known to have lower all-cause mortality than individuals without children, noting that the “protective mechanisms of having children are likely to be multifactorial, including healthier behaviours among parents, e.g. in relation to smoking and alcohol, and self-selection of healthier individuals becoming parents.”They also said “beneficial changes in immune function from exposure to young children have been proposed to cause reduced mortality among parents.”Wrangling over schoolsThe study comes amid ongoing uncertainty over the role of children and adolescents in the transmission of the coronavirus. But the researchers in this study noted that there was “accruing evidence” that suggests that, when it comes to Covid-19, “lower susceptibility and possibly lower infectiousness among children means that they may not transmit infection more than adults.”There has been heated debate over whether schools and colleges should remain open during national lockdowns, with millions of kids having to stay at home when governments first locked down their economies in spring.Amid a second wave of coronavirus infections, many countries have chosen to keep schools open wary of the harm to children if their school education is halted once again.In the U.K. for example, schools, colleges and universities are to remain open when England likely enters a second lockdown on Thursday. The government argued that the harm that would be caused to children and their education from closing schools outweighs the possible risks to them, and their caregivers, from the virus.The researchers in this latest study concluded that “for adults living with children there is no evidence of an increased risk of severe Covid-19 outcomes” and that, when it comes to school closures they had “found no evidence for a reduction in risk following school closure.”“These findings have implications for determining the benefit-harm balance of children attending school in the Covid-19 pandemic,” they said.The study has not yet been published in a medical journal or peer-reviewed and it received funding from the Medical Research Council, part of U.K. Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the British government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.center_img Students play during their break on their first day of school after the summer break at St Luke’s Church of England Primary School in East London on September 3, 2020.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images The researchers found that living with children under the age of 11 “was not associated with increased risks of recorded Covid-19 infection, Covid-19 related hospital or ICU (intensive care unit) admission but was associated with reduced risk of Covid-19 death.”However, living with children aged 12-18 years was associated with a small increased risk of recorded coronavirus infection, the study noted, but not associated with other Covid-19 outcomes.Living with children of any age was associated with a lower risk of dying from non-Covid-19 causes, the researchers found.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Visionary tackles racial injustice in communities

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Tim Wise, an author and anti-racism activist, led a discussion about race and privilege Monday night in Bovard Auditorium.The event, called “White Like Me: An Honest Discussion About Race and Privilege,” was sponsored by the USC Latino Student Assembly in conjunction with El Centro Chicano, the Black Student Assembly and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly.“We thought it would be interesting to have someone who is Caucasian talking about these issues, since it would usually be someone of color,” said Valerie Fernandez, executive director of the Latino Student Assembly.Wise’s lecture informed students that issues of race should be spoken about more frequently and openly. He discussed how society should be unafraid to look at the systems in which we operate, and analyze how we tackle issues of race.He placed responsibility to be aware of racism on all members of society, not just people of color. Wise explained the importance of being aware of the issues that people of color face, especially for Caucasian people.“We’re not intentionally oppressive, but we are often oblivious to the experience of others and this is very dangerous,” he said.Wise said fighting white supremacy is an issue all people should be concerned with. During the lecture, he spoke of his views regarding how continued racism is a prevalent issue today.“When you fight white supremacy, you are not doing it to save people of color as a charity. If we don’t make change now, it will destroy our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “This is not charity, but rather self-help.”Students appreciated the new perspective that Wise gave on issues of race through his experiences as a Caucasian male.“He was able to talk about issues that are usually only addressed by black people. It really touched me that a person that is not my color skin is willing to help my cause,” said Levi Powell, the student affairs and diversity chair of BSA.Having these discussions about race is only the first step, Wise said. He told audience members that everyone needs to take these conversations as an impetus for action.Aneesha Gupta, a freshman majoring in computer science, said that Wise’s words opened her eyes to ways to take action to help defeat racism in society.“The discussion was really interesting for me since I grew up in a primarily white area,” Gupta said. “The lecture was a nice reality check that these issues exist, and to hear the effects they have on people here,” she said.last_img read more

House thy neighbor

first_imgWHITTIER – It was warm enough outside Tuesday night for Stanley Aranda to sleep on the streets, but the longtime homeless man was happy to have a shelter over his head.“Usually I stay in little cubbyholes in the sides of buildings, where the cops hassle me, so it takes a lot of the stress off knowing I have a place to stay,” said Aranda, 53, as he carried two small bags filled with his belongings into Whittier Presbyterian Church.Aranda is one of about 29 homeless people who showed up for the first week of the Whittier Area Interfaith Council’s Cold Weather Shelter program, being held at Whittier-area churches through March 14.The people pre-screened to stay at the shelter include an increasing number of women and men in their 50s, said the Rev. Bruce Gray, Interfaith Council president.“We seem to be seeing the graying baby boomers,” he said. “People who lose their jobs, then their medical benefits and end up homeless.”In the past, the program that offers mats to sleep on and dinner seven nights a week and breakfast the next morning was offered from Nov. 1 to March 31.In recent years, organizers have had to shave off weeks at either end because the number of participating churches decreased. At one time there were as many as 12.But organizers say they are feeling more positive about the program this winter.“This was the easiest year to get churches and people to volunteer, so it’s looking better,” said Gray. “In the past we had to struggle to find places, especially during the holiday season.”In total, nine churches will provide shelter to the homeless during the coldest months, including the newest addition, Whittier Hills Baptist Church.Gray said offering the shelter shows other cities that Whittier cares about its homeless population.“We don’t ship people off to Skid Row like some cities do,” he said. “We want to take care of people who grew up here and ended up homeless.”The program does that by giving them a place to stay and save money.“The biggest thing is it helps them save money toward first or last month’s rent on an apartment or to get an inexpensive room during the period the shelter isn’t open,” said Gray. “Our goal is to keep them going.”Ernest Bianes, 57, who was injured on the job, said having such a base makes a world of difference.“There are no lights on all night, violent skateboarders or police,” he said. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more