YEREVAN, September 1. /ARKA/. Hypoxia (low oxygen levels in the body’s tissues) that may be caused by mandatory wearing of masks during classes can affect the pupils’ brain function, educational psychologist Armine Davtyan told a press conference on Monday.
“The brain uses about 20% of the oxygen received by the body. Considering that the mask reduces this indicator, you need to make sure that schoolchildren change masks every half hour to observe hygiene requirements, but this is a very costly and overwhelming task for some parents,” Davtyan said.
According to her, wearing masks causes a kind of psychological pressure, which ultimately affects the children’s perception of the world.
She pointed out Germany where protests are being held against the wearing of masks and observing social distance.
She cited the findings of a survey conducted in March-April, which says that only 1% of respondents were concerned about the dangers of coronavirus.
“During hypoxia , blood circulation accelerates, then slows down again, which affects the receipt of the necessary substances by the brain and makes it difficult to work,” Davtyan said.
She compared this process with driving a car without gasoline. She also noted the negative impact of online learning on students because of the lack of control.
“Parents often criticize online studies. According to them, the child does not participate in the lesson, turns off the camera and plays on the phone, ”Davtyan said.
Classes for first-graders in Armenia resume on September 14 and for the rest on September 15. Schoolchildren will attend school six days a week instead of five days. Students must wear masks in class. Schools are not allowed to hold mass events such as movie screenings, sports events, entertainment, performances, etc.).
The separation of classes with a large number of students is envisaged in order to be able to ensure social distance. Schools will be provided with hand sanitizers and classrooms will be disinfected before or after school.
Schools and universities were closed on March 13, 2020, three days before the country declared state of emergency in a bid to stop the spread of the infection.
Some time later, thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Education and teachers, a distance learning format was organized through various online platforms. However, about 20% of schoolchildren could not be involved in the remote learning for technical reasons such as lack of gadgets, Internet connections, etc.). -0-