Sweden kept its primary schools open all along so you'd think its scientists can tell us a lot about COVID-19 transmission in schools. But they can't, writes, because they didn't study it.
Anita Cicero: “In Sweden, they have had a rare opportunity to understand [school] transmission chains better. But you can’t find what you don’t look for. The US and other countries w closed schools would certainly benefit from that research.”
This is maddening: The world still doesn’t know whether sending kids to school fuels #Covid19 transmission in communities. Sweden, which didn’t close schools, could have studied the question. But it didn’t. By ⁦
Sweden has a peculiar ostrich approach to examining COVID-19 spread in schools, which largely haven't closed. looks at the waste of a rare opportunity to answer a critical question: How much do kids contribute to spread?
Bizarre detail: A review published this week said there were "no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks in Swedish schools.” But Swedish newspapers have reported several school outbreaks - including 3 staff member deaths. Author said he didn't know about them.
There are tantalizing hints that children might not spread Covid-19 as much as adults do, but we need more data. I thought, "Sweden! They have great epidemiologists, and their schools stayed open. They MUST have the data we need!" I was wrong.
A must-read article. "Ludvigsson ... wrote that, “So far there have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks in Swedish schools,” ... However ... school outbreaks have occurred ... a teacher died and 18 of 76 staff tested positive at a school" #COVID19
How Sweden wasted a ‘rare opportunity’ to study coronavirus in schools
This op-ed in Science is scathing: We should have learnt much more from the Swedish experience on school transmission of COVID-19. At least for hospitalizations and deaths, surely this is still doable with admin data?
Apparently, Sweden's celebrated state epidemiologist, Dr Anders Tegnell, was clueless about the existence & extent of Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. See excerpt👇from linked article from Science. 1/
How Sweden wasted a ‘rare opportunity’ to study coronavirus in schools | Science | AAAS ⁦⁩ #Sweden is uniquely placed to provide data on #snus, #cigarette, #nicotine use & #COVID19 incidence, hospitalization & recovery. ⁦
"Swedish officials have not tracked infections among school children—even when large outbreaks led to the closure of individual schools or staff members died of the disease." Unbelievable. Beyond poor.