As debate about the reopening of schools rages, there is a growing body of evidence which shows that classrooms do not play a major role in the spread of Covid-19.
Studies have consistently shown that children are less likely to suffer a severe form of coronavirus and play little is any role in its transmission.
Because of the rapid closure of schools worldwide, largely driven by modelling based on the spread of influenza, there has been little opportunity to study the role that classrooms play in the epidemic.
The only major study of the transmission of coronavirus in both primary and secondary schools, conducted by Australia’s National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance found that there was “very limited” spread in schools.
The study, from March to mid-April, looked at transmission rates from nine students and nine staff members who tested positive for Covid-19 from 15 different schools.
Despite 735 students and 128 staff coming into close contacts with these initial 18 cases, only two people were found to have contracted the virus.