A new scientific paper just accepted for publication by Nature concludes that School closures did not substantially affect spread of the coronavirus

Yea, and my issue is with this specific methodology. If the study only analyses the effectiveness of school closures in isolation, then whatever conclusions they can draw are insincere. You can’t look at school closures in isolation because that’s not how this virus works, it’s transmitted anywhere and everywhere (work, public transport, dining, etc), not just schools.

Closing schools means nothing when a range other social interactions are not limited, and so looking at the effectiveness of school closures in Japan without also taking into account the other measures employed is creating a skewed conclusion from an incomplete data set.

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