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Letters Risks to children during covid-19 pandemic

Risks to children during the covid-19 pandemic: some essential epidemiology

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 10 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2290
  1. Sunil S Bhopal, NIHR academic clinical lecturer in population health paediatrics1,
  2. Jayshree Bagaria, independent public health practitioner1,
  3. Raj Bhopal, emeritus professor of public health2
  1. 1Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
  2. 2Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. sunil.bhopal{at}

Difficult and varying decisions are being made worldwide about ways to protect children from covid-19. Green warns of the dangers of scarring a generation through curtailment of child protection systems during the pandemic.1

Given multiple unknowns, we think that caution from parents and carers is natural, not least because the rare inflammatory syndrome reported in recent weeks remains under investigation.2 But caution in the form of shielding is not risk-free, and children cannot …

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