Close schools/universities because of Corona Virus and Dengue in Mauritius

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The schools that have closed so far have largely done so as a “precautionary measure”, either because they have pupils or staff who’ve been in contact with a suspected case, or they’ve traveled from an area with a high number of cases outside of Mauritius.

People who have returned from their travels outside of their country, are advised in the last 14 days to stay at home if they develop symptoms. 

An unprecedented number of children, youth and adults are not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19. Governments in 100 countries have announced or implemented the closure of educational institutions in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease. UNESCO is providing immediate support to countries as they work to minimize the educational disruption and facilitate the continuity of learning, especially for the most vulnerable. 

According to UNESCO monitoring, 85 countries have closed schools nationwide, impacting over 776.7 million children and youth. A further 15 countries have implemented localized school closures and, should these closures become nationwide, hundreds of millions of additional learners will experience education disruption.

Nevertheless, some parents may be concerned about childcare implications if the virus continues to spread if they go to school everyday and come in contact with others. 

What counts as ‘reasonable’ depends on the circumstances. COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is a very new challenge experienced by schools, parents and employers, so there isn’t a set rule for it apart from washing your hands regularly or not touching your face.

Not only that but I am sure you have all heard of the Dengue, that is a viral infection caused by four types of viruses (DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3, DENV-4) belonging to the Flaviviridae family. The viruses are transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus female mosquitoes that feed both indoors and outdoors during the daytime.

Risk of Dengue exists in tropical and subtropical areas of Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. All travelers are at risk during outbreaks. Long-term travelers and humanitarian workers going to areas where Dengue is endemic are at higher risk. Dengue occurs in urban and suburban settings with higher transmission rates happening during the rainy season.

Those with symptoms get ill between 4 to 7 days after the bite. The infection is characterized by flu-like symptoms which include a sudden high fever coming in separate waves, pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint, and bone pain, severe headache, and a skin rash with red spots. Treatment includes supportive care of symptoms. There is no antiviral treatment available. 

The illness may progress to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, bruising, and uncontrolled bleeding. High fever can last from 2 to 7 days. Complications can lead to circulatory system failure and shock, and can be fatal (also known as Dengue Shock Syndrome).

Furthermore, with the Cyclone named Herold that just passed by, with the Dengue and the Corona virus, it is a big risked to keep schools open, as we know children are at a high risk of suffering from a cold and could catch Covid-19 or even get bitten by the Dengue because of the tropical weather. 

Therefore, I ask all of you to sign this petition because it would be wiser to close schools and universities for a period of time. 
This petition is very important for the safety of everyone. May I remind you that this it is not a joke, our life and health are at stake. 

It is possible for the students to take online courses, video calls, group calls etc... Far from physical interaction and contamination if ever. Teachers just have to set-up a time and students can follow along on Skype, Messenger or Discord. 

Let's follow the example of countries in Europe that have closed schools so far due to the threat of the Corona Virus: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.
And now the USA and UK.

This message is addressed to all school and university establishments in Mauritius. Including French, English and Mauritian system. To the Prime Minister of Mauritius and the Ministry of Education

Thank you. 


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