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School Closure During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PandemicAn Effective Intervention at the Global Level?

Educational Objective
To understand how school closure has affected the rate of COVID-19 infection
1 Credit CME

In most countries, attempts to reduce severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) circulation and new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) development have been mainly based on restrictive measures, including the avoidance of social interactions, the prohibition of movements within the national territory, and the closure of all nonessential activities, including schools. While the closure of factories and the avoidance of other social interaction together with proper hand washing remain the best measures to reduce the total burden of COVID-19, the usefulness of school closure can be debated.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Susanna Esposito, MD, Pediatric Clinic, Pietro Barilla Children’s Hospital, University of Parma, Via Gramsci 14, 43126 Parma, Italy (susanna.esposito@unimi.it).

Published Online: May 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.1892

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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