Scientists predict the second wave of the pandemic due to the beginning of the school year

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Having returned from summer holidays, nonresident students may well bring SARS-CoV-2 to Moscow and St. Petersburg, experts say. According to forecasts made in St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, from September 10 to 14, the number of infected people in the two capitals may grow by 15-20%.

“In my opinion, it is necessary that all nonresident students, when arriving, undergo compulsory testing or, as a stricter measure, a two-week quarantine,” Vice-Rector for Promising Projects of SPbPU, co-director of the Technet working group of the National Technology Initiative Alexei Borovkov.

However, according to the scientist, the second wave, provoked at the beginning of the school year, will no longer be as massive as the first one observed in March. Although it can be dangerous for many teachers – people over 65 are at a special risk group.

Earlier, Izvestia wrote that in Russia the infection curve may go up in regions that have so far had few confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Details in the exclusive material from Izvestia:

Treat, student: second wave of COVID-19 could start from universities

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