Do the Benefits of School Closure Outweigh Its Costs?
Di Baldassarre, Giuliano https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8180-4996
School closure has been a common response to COVID-19. Yet, its implementation has hardly ever been based on rigorous analysis of its costs and benefits. We aim to first illustrate the unintended consequences and side effects of school closure, and then discuss the policy and research implications. This commentary frames evidence from the most recent papers on the topic from a public-health epidemiology and disaster risk reduction perspective. In particular, we argue that the benefits of school closure in terms of reduced infection rates should be better compared with its costs in terms of both short- and long-term damage on the physical, mental, and social well-being of children and society at large.
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Precautionary Principle, School Closure, Confirmation Bias, Covid-19 Pandemic, Benefit-risk Tradeoff, Humans, Public Health, Schools, Child, Costs and Cost Analysis, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2
International journal of environmental research and public health
European Research Council (771678)