– 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. 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 –
Park Commissioner Mike Baumer addresses Batesville City Council on Monday evening.Park Commissioner Mike Baumer was at the monthly Batesville City Council meeting on Monday evening to request upgrades in the pavilion at Liberty Park.Baumer asked council members to consider and approve upgrades to lighting, trash can lids and also add a ceiling fan in the pavilion.He said the current lighting is old and not energy efficient. Baumer said, “The new lights are LED and very energy efficient. It will save the park money on electricity and provide better lighting.”Baumer noted another plus for new lighting is the current rebates available. In a presentation to the council, he said the total cost to replace all lights in the pavilion, including labor and material would be $2,828.26. With a rebate of $2,080.00, the cost to the city would be $748.26.There are 11 fixtures and 21 flood lights that would be replaced.Every garbage can has a lid at Liberty Park except for ten in the pavilion. Baumer requested lids for the ten remaining.He cited a problem with bees, as well as trash can liners falling in the barrel. He noted, “It will save us on trash bags because they will not be falling in the can and it will be safer because of the bee problem.”“It will just be an upgrade versus not having them.”The ten plastic dome trash can lids from Kay Park Recreation will cost a total of $1,152.00.Batesville City Council members approved lighting and trash can lid upgrades, and the funding is coming out of the Belterra Fund.Baumer also requested a large ceiling fan in the pavilion. He presented different options including a 24’ fan that would cost $4,890.00.A cheaper option was presented which would feature three 30” industrial ceiling mounted fans for $276.50 each. Baumer noted, “I feel the three fans would move enough air to help keep the pavilion cooler on hot days.”Batesville City Council President Gene Lambert suggested Rite-Hite fans as another option for Baumer to consider.Baumer will continue to research industrial ceiling fans for the pavilion before council approves. He referenced GE Lighting and Tool & Die as places with fans similar to what they are looking for.Mayor Rick Fledderman said, “I am a big proponent of a fan of some sort in the pavilion.”“When events are held in the summer it can get pretty hot under there,” he added.