Europe wanted to keep schools open this winter. Coronavirus surges have disrupted those plans.
The school closures in Germany and the Netherlands mark a notable turnaround in Europe, where governments said this fall that keeping schools open would be a priority, arguing that they aren’t significant drivers of coronavirus outbreaks.
Numerous studies have shown that the virus spreads less readily among children, with one recent Icelandic research project concluding that those under 15 are only half as likely as adults to become infected with the virus and to spread it.
France managed to significantly curb the spread of the virus with second lockdowns in November, despite keeping schools open.
Still, researchers warn that surging infection rates can turn schools into transmission hot spots, with secondary schools posing a particular risk.
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[Source: Washington Post]