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Reducing Covid risk in schools

14 January 2021

Dr Douglas Gaitho, an infectious diseases fellow at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, writes that the thought of re-opening schools for many parents has put them on the edge of their seats. This anxiety is largely driven by myths despite public health evidence showing that the closure of schools had minimal impact in mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic. Education remains a key social determinant of health and considerations should be put in place to mitigate adverse social, developmental, and health outcomes associated with school closures including sexual and gender-based violence.