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Covid-19 in kids

Association between living with children and outcomes from COVID-19: an OpenSAFELY cohort study of 12 million adults in England

“For adults living with children there is no evidence of an increased risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes. These findings have implications for determining the benefit-harm balance of children attending school in the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Covid-19 transmission

Latest scientific evidence

No evidence of transmission from a pupil to a teacher.

No evidence of transmission from a pupil to a teacher.
COVID-19 in children and the role of school settings in COVID-19 transmission.

COVID-19 Transmission and Children.

COVID-19 Transmission and Children.
SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools may be less important in community transmission than initially feared.

Low numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

Low numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools
SARS-CoV-2 infections and outbreaks were uncommon in educational settings during the first month after the lockdown.

Children are not a driver of transmission

Children are not a driver of transmission
Children are not transmitters to a greater extent than adults.
Face coverings

Studies on the use of face masks & face coverings in communities.

Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science

Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science
Masks are proven ineffective against coronavirus and potentially harmful to healthy people and those with pre-existing conditions.

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks.

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks.
This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks.

Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy.

Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy.
Controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses.

Face coverings have limited impact on lowering COVID-19 transmission.

Face coverings have limited impact on lowering COVID-19 transmission.
Cloth masks and face coverings are likely to have limited impact on lowering COVID-19 transmission, because they have minimal ability to prevent the emission of small particles.
Mental Health

The damage lockdown and lack of consistent schooling has caused to children and young people

Impacts of lockdown on the mental health of children and young people

Impacts of lockdown on the mental health of children and young people
Young people, in particular teenagers, in the UK are feeling more anxious than they did before the outbreak.

Covid: What is the mental health cost to the young? BBC report.

Covid: What is the mental health cost to the young? BBC report.
A growing number of psychologists, psychiatrists and child health experts believe the needs of the young are being ignored in this pandemic.

Child and adolescent mental health in a post-lockdown world: a ticking time bomb?

Child and adolescent mental health in a post-lockdown world: a ticking time bomb?
Policymakers are neglecting the pandemic’s psychological impact on young people.

Coronavirus: Impact on Young People with Mental Health Needs.

Coronavirus: Impact on Young People with Mental Health Needs.
The pandemic has put a huge strain on many young people who were already struggling with their mental health, because of traumatic experiences, social isolation, a loss of routine and a breakdown in formal and informal support.