Three important studies about the role of children and schools in the transmission of Covid 19 have come out today and yesterday:

  1. Research from Norwich Medical School, published today finds that the closure of school settings was very important in reducing incidences of Covid 19 
  2. Humboldt-Universität in Berlin finds that schools turn out to be a major hub for the progression of infection.
  3. And The Journal of Infection says, based on studies in China that “SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted quickly in the form of family clusters. 

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

 "These studies raise real concerns about the impact that a wider reopening of schools would have on the rate of Covid 19 transmission and its incidence in families. It is vital that the Government address these studies before making proposals on further re-opening of schools."



Editor's note


  1. “We found that closure of education facilities, prohibiting mass gatherings and closure of some non-essential businesses were associated with reduced incidence whereas stay at home orders, closure of all non-businesses and requiring the wearing of facemasks or coverings in public was not associated with any independent additional impacthe." Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 in Europe: a quasi-experimental study, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.
  2. “The role of schools in the infection dynamics. Schools turn out to be a major hub for the progression of infection. Schools are a natural place of contact for the children and teachers. Our simulations (e.g., Figure 8B,E, Figure 9D) show that they are also a major location to spread the infection within the municipality and that they contribute essentially to the overall dynamics.” Dynamics and Mitigation Effects in a Real-world Community, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  3. “SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted quickly in the form of family clusters. While the infection rate is high within the cluster, the disease manifestations, latent period, and virus shedding period varied greatly.” Clinical and epidemiological features of COVID-19 family clusters in Beijing, China, The Journal of Infection.