The study, funded by Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), aims to determine how many teachers and support staff in Vancouver schools have acquired SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by checking their blood samples for antibodies. The study will also examine the risk of exposure to COVID-19 cases in schools and assess the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of teachers.
“Education and social interactions are essential for our youth to thrive, and to support their psychological and physical well-being,” says lead researcher Dr. Pascal Lavoie, associate professor in the department of pediatrics at UBC and an investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. “Our study will help inform policies that further safeguard our kids at schools and make for a more supportive environment for the entire school community.”
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