Surveillance of COVID-19 school outbreaks, Germany, March to August 2020

Eveline Otte Im Kampe, Ann-Sophie Lehfeld, Silke Buda, Udo Buchholz, Walter Haas, Robert Koch-Institut
Mitigation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Germany included school closures in early March 2020. After reopening in April, preventive measures were taken in schools. We analysed national surveillance system data on COVID-19 school outbreaks during different time periods. After reopening, smaller outbreaks (average: 2.2/week) occurred despite low incidence in the general population. School closures might have a detrimental effect on children and should be applied only
more » ... lied only cautiously and in combination with other measures.
doi:10.25646/7184 fatcat:hvbkqd6tlndejle3lyoayfmct4