To open schools or not? Makes no difference, says study

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To open schools or not? Makes no difference, says study

In Sweden, schools stayed open, in Finland they didn’t, and there was no difference in the number of Covid-19 cases

Camilla Turner and Nicola Smith

Shutting down schools may have been unnecessary, as a Swedish study suggested keeping them open had no impact on the contagion.

There was no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighbouring Finland, where schools were shut, the research showed.

A working paper, published by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, compared the two countries’ approaches to education during the pandemic...

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