Data gathered worldwide are increasingly suggesting that schools are not hotspots for coronavirus infections. Despite fears, COVID-19 infections did not surge when schools and day-care centres reopened after pandemic lockdowns eased. And when outbreaks do occur, they mostly result in only a small number of people becoming ill.
“There’s no such thing as zero transmission or zero risk,” says paediatrician Fiona Russell. But she adds that the risk of infection at school is low, especially when community transmission is low.