There are two questions that really matter:

  1. Do school closures prevent community infections?
  2. Are the benefits of school closures greater than the costs?

As a rule, it’s best to go straight to the research, and in this case the research is mixed.

A paper from JAMA analyzing Spring school closures found that the current closure policies may be able to account for “128.7 fewer cases per 100 000 population over 26 days and 1.5 fewer deaths per 100,000 population over 16 days.” Further research from the Lancet estimates “that school closures alone would prevent only 2–4% of deaths.” …

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