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SPI-M: The role of children in transmission, 16 April 2020

Paper prepared by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

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SPI-M: The role of children in transmission - 16 April 2020

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Paper from SPI-M on the role of children in the transmission of COVID-19. It was considered at SAGE 26 on 16 April 2020.

It should be viewed in context: the paper was the best assessment of the evidence at the time of writing. The picture is developing rapidly and, as new evidence or data emerges, SAGE updates its advice accordingly.

Therefore, some of the information in this paper may have been superseded and the author’s opinion or conclusion may since have developed.

These documents are released as pre-print publications that have provided the government with rapid evidence during an emergency. These documents have not been peer-reviewed and there is no restriction on authors submitting and publishing this evidence in peer-reviewed journals.

Published 22 May 2020
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