COVID-19 spread 'low' in schools and childcare

Data from the first wave of the pandemic in NSW suggests transmission is lower than for flu

The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools and childcare settings is “very low” and can easily be managed with case-contact tracing, a first-of-its-kind Australian study has shown.

The findings — that suggest children are unlikely to spread the virus to others — should help authorities in decision-making around school closures, according to researchers led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), Sydney.

The team tracked all confirmed COVID-19 cases who attended a