UK Study: Closing Schools Because of COVID Was a Mistake in the First Place

UK Study: Closing Schools Because of COVID Was a Mistake in the First Place


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last seven months, you’re probably aware that much of the country — indeed, the world — is still locked down in the name of fighting the coronavirus.

In many areas, that includes schools, even though observational evidence has long shown that children are rarely seriously affected by the coronavirus and don’t easily spread the virus to adults.

Now, a study out of the U.K. titled “Association between living with children and outcomes from COVID-19: an OpenSAFELY cohort study of 12 million adults in England” has confirmed it: Close contact with children, even while school is open, isn’t a factor in coronavirus transmission.

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According to the American Institute for Economic Research, the study actually showed fewer coronavirus deaths among adults living with children than among adults living without children.

“[O]verall our findings suggest that on a population level transmission from school age children does not result in an increased risk of

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