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COVID-19 Transmission in US Child Care Programs

Researchers sought to understand the frequency of COVID-19 transmission between and among children, reaching conclusions that inform discussions around the safety of re-opening child care centers.

Central to the debate over school and child care reopening is whether children are efficient coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmitters and are likely to increase community spread when programs reopen. Researchers compared COVID-19 outcomes in child care providers who continued to provide direct in-person child care during the first 3 months of the US COVID-19 pandemic with outcomes in those who did not.

Abstract and Citation

Gilliam WS, Malik AA, Shafiq M, et al. COVID-19 Transmission in US Child Care Programs. Pediatrics. 2021;147(1):e2020031971