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Schools should stay open as greatest risk of Covid transmission is in households, research finds

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Family vaccination is key to preventing symptoms in children, an analysis of the Delta variant spread in education settings shows

Despite Delta being more transmissible than earlier Covid-19 variants, in Australia few children and adolescents who get the virus have severe symptoms, and schools should only be closed under exceptional circumstances, a research analysis from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found.

However, the analysis reveals children and adolescents living with some pre-existing health conditions, including obesity, and those living in disadvantage, low socioeconomic or those with minority ethnic status have an increased risk of severe disease.

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