Students play during their break on the first day of school after summer break at St. Luke & # 39; s Church of England Primary School in East London on September 3, 2020.
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If you live with children there is no higher risk of developing Covid-19, according to a large study in the UK.
In fact, living with children was associated with a lower risk of dying from the coronavirus than those who did not live with children, researchers from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.
They examined 9 million adults under 65 in the UK between February and August to see if the risk of contracting Covid-19 and the risk of serious consequences from the virus were different for those living with and without children.
The researchers found that living with children under the age of 11 was associated with one, not an increased risk of recorded Covid-19 infection, hospital-related Covid-19, or admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) decreased risk of death from Covid-19. "
However, living with children ages 12 to 18 was associated with a slightly increased risk of recorded coronavirus infection, the study found, but not with other Covid-19 results.
Living with children of all ages was associated with a lower risk of dying from non-Covid-19 causes.
The study also looked at another 2.5 million adults over the age of 65 and found that "there is no association between living with children and Covid-19-related outcomes".
The researchers highlighted that parents are known to have lower all-cause mortality than those without children, noting that the "protective mechanisms for children are likely to be multifactorial, including healthier behaviors among parents such as smoking and alcohol, and self." – "Choosing healthier people to become parents. "
They also said that "beneficial changes in immune function from exposure to young children have been suggested to cause decreased parent mortality."
Dispute over schools
The study takes place amid ongoing uncertainty about the role of children and adolescents in the transmission of the coronavirus. However, the researchers in this study noted that there was "accumulated evidence" suggesting that with Covid-19, "lower susceptibility and possibly lower infectivity in children means they may not transmit infections more than adults".
There was fierce debate over whether schools and colleges should stay open during the national lockdown, and millions of children were forced to stay at home when governments first locked their economies in the spring.
In the midst of a second wave of coronavirus infections, many countries have decided to keep schools open to avoid the harm to children if their schooling stops again.
In the UK, for example, schools, colleges and universities are expected to remain open when England is expected to receive a second lock on Thursday. The government argued that the harm done to children and their education from closing schools outweighs the potential risks of the virus to them and their caregivers.
The researchers in this most recent study concluded that "there was no evidence of an increased risk of serious Covid-19 outcomes for adults living with children," and that they found no evidence of a risk reduction in school closings School closure. "
"These results have implications for determining the benefit-harm ratio of children who attend school during the Covid-19 pandemic," they said.
The study has not yet been published in any medical journal or peer-reviewed and has been funded by the Medical Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy.