Schools do not fuel spread of coronavirus at home, research finds

SCHOOLS do not fuel the spread of coronavirus at home, research suggests.

The finding comes from a study of health records of nearly 12million working Brits.

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Parents of schoolchildren were found to have the same risk of being infected before and after the first lockdown was implemented.

Researchers say this suggests attending classes is not a main driver of infection spread in the home.

Liam Smeeth, professor of clinical epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said the early data was “strong enough to draw conclusions”.

The major pre-print study also found parents with ­primary school-age children were no more likely to catch Covid than middle-aged Brits without children.

Professor Smeeth added: “People who live with children — ­parents in particular — generally are a little bit healthier (and have) healthier lifestyles.

“This means they do generally have a lower risk of bad health outcomes.”

Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "The assumption among many people was that they had some kind of immunity from exposure to these coronaviruses [cold viruses].


"I think that that is very, very unlikely from the results of our study – we do not find that that theory has any backing from our results.

"And so, we are still left with a puzzle as to why children do have low risk (of Covid-19)."

The findings come after another recent study involving 300,000 Scottish healthcare workers indicated that sharing a household with school-aged children does not place adults at greater Covid risk.


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