Yes, we’ve seen schools close. But the evidence still shows kids are unlikely to catch or spread coronavirus

Prof Allen Cheng

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Prof Allen Cheng

Professor in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Monash University

Prof Allen Cheng

Brunswick East Primary School and Keilor Views Primary School in Melbourne have temporarily shut down after children from both schools tested positive to COVID-19, while a confirmed case in a year 2 student led to the closure of Sydney’s Lane Cove West Public School. A childcare centre in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon has also closed for cleaning after a child tested positive.

These cases, and others in young children, follow a handful of positive cases in teenage students in Sydney and Melbourne and may be prompting some to wonder whether it’s time to rethink reopening schools after lockdown.

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