COVID-19, asthma, and return to school

Elissa M. Abrams, Gráinne McGill, Sunil S Bhopal, Ian Sinha, Ricardo M Fernandes

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Social distancing and lockdown measures have included the suspension of children and young people's education for several weeks to months. Although the precise educational and societal effects of closing schools are unknown, they are likely to be substantial and will almost certainly have exacerbated inequalities. In countries in which society is reconfiguring to a new normal, the priority must be preparing for reopening schools because of the potential lifelong impact on children and young people. However, with this return to school rapidly approaching, there should be particular considerations regarding children and young people with asthma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-849
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9
Early online date6 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • COVID-19
  • asthma
  • lockdown measures
  • lifting lockdown
  • children with asthma


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