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Letters Covid-19: school reopening

Time to go back to school: several good reasons beyond low infection risk

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2625 (Published 09 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2625
  1. Federico Marchetti, director1,
  2. Giorgio Tamburlini, director2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Santa Maria delle Croci Hospital, viale Randi 5, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
  2. 2Centro per la Salute del Bambino, Trieste, Italy
  1. federico.marchetti{at}auslromagna.it

Low risk of contagion of covid-19 infection among children is one reason for the prompt reopening of schools.1 There are, however, several other good reasons to be considered.

Firstly, prolonged closure yields serious consequences for all children and particularly for those already living in difficult circumstances.2 With over 90% of students worldwide out of the educational setting, the …

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