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School Closure and Management Practices During Coronavirus Outbreaks

In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, 107 countries had implemented national school closures by March 18, 2020. It is unknown whether school measures are effective in coronavirus outbreaks.

The authors of this paper, published recently in Lancet, undertook a systematic review by searching three electronic databases to identify what is known about the effectiveness of school closures and other school social distancing practices during coronavirus outbreaks.

Lancet School Closures Paper