Novel Coronavirus 2019 Transmission Risk in Educational Settings

Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 15;72(6):1055-1058. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa794.


Transmission risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in schools is unknown. Our investigations, especially in preschools, could not detect SARS-CoV-2 transmission despite screening of symptomatic and asymptomatic children. The data suggest that children are not the primary drivers of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools and could help inform exit strategies for lifting of lockdowns.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pediatric; school; transmission.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • SARS-CoV-2*
  • Schools