Covid-19 in the UK: policy on children and schools

Deepti Gurdasani, Christina Pagel, Martin McKee, Susan Michie, Trisha Greenhalgh, Kit Yates, Gabriel Scally, Hisham Ziauddeen

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Key messages
Pandemic policy on children and schools reflected UK based scientific narratives that did not align with global scientific consensus
Government relied on evidence that downplayed the seriousness of covid-19 in children, underestimated the benefits of precautionary measures, and overestimated the harms of vaccination
Return to school in September 2020 with minimal emphasis on masking and air quality, and inadequate support for isolation may have accelerated community transmission
The public inquiry should explore why the UK was an international outlier in its approach to protecting children and making schools and communities safer
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere071234
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022


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