In Belgium, schools closed during the first lockdown in March 2020, with a partial reopening in May. They fully reopened in September. During the summer, infections started to increase in the general population, speeding up in September. Some measures were taken to limit social contacts but those were insufficient to mitigate the exponential rise of infections in October. Children were still receiving all lessons at school at that time and it was questioned whether this position was tenable.
Find out how our colleagues systematically compared the benefits and harms of closing primary and secondary schools and in which recommandation this results.
Read the article on the BMJ Journal website