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SPI-M-O: Consensus view on the impact of mass school closures, 10 February 2020

Consensus statement from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).


SPI-M-O: Consensus view on the impact of mass school closures on 2019 novel coronavirus - 10 February 2020

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Consensus statement from SPI-M-O advising on the impact of closing schools across the UK on the spread of COVID-19.

The paper was discussed at SAGE meeting 6 on 11 February 2020.

This evidence was often compiled very rapidly during a fast-moving response and should be viewed in this context. The paper presented here is the best assessment of the evidence at the time of writing, and the conclusions were formed on this basis. As new evidence or data emerges, SAGE updates its advice accordingly. Therefore, some of the information in this paper may have been superseded at a later date.

Published 22 May 2020
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