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COVID-19 and schools: #KnownUnknowns
A free webinar for the healthcare and education communities

28 January 2021, 4-6pm GMT

School closures have been a controversial issue from the start of the COVID pandemic. Join Dr Fiona Godlee of The BMJ and Professor George Davey Smith of Bristol University and the MRC, plus their invited guests from leading institutions at this free webinar which will discuss all aspects of the issue.

4.00 Welcome and introduction
- Dr Fiona Godlee (The BMJ)

MC Dr Phil Hammond

4.05 SARS-CoV-2 prevalence/ transmission/ dissemination and role in community infection trajectories
- Alasdair Munro (University of Southampton),
- Muge Cevik (University of St Andrews)
Discussion/questions chaired by Professor George Davey Smith (Bristol University)

4.30 Clinical risk to children (severe disease/long covid)
– Elizabeth Whittaker (Imperial College, London);
Risk to teachers: Rachael Wood (Public Health Scotland) and David McAllister (University of Glasgow)
Chair: Allyson Pollock (Newcastle University)

4.50 Consequences to children of school closures
- Sunil Bhopal (Newcastle University) and Bruce Adamson (Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland)
Chair: Fiona Godlee

5.10 Views from the coalface - Elisabeth Gilpin (St Mary Redcliffe School, Bristol);
Chair: Professor Caroline Relton (Bristol University)

5.30 Discussion with questions:
(1) the role of testing
(2) masks in schools
(3) balancing the interests/rights of children, teachers & other school workers and the community
(4) introducing interventions (such as closures, partial closures, testing) in ways that allow evaluation.
Chair: Dr Phil Hammond

5.55: Wrap up
George Davey Smith, (MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit)

This webinar is part of a series. For details, visit: https://www.bmj.com/covid-19-webinars

Jan 28, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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