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Physical distancing in schools for SARS-CoV-2 and the resurgence of rhinovirus

Physical distancing in schools for SARS-CoV-2 and the resurgence of rhinovirus
Physical distancing in schools for SARS-CoV-2 and the resurgence of rhinovirus
Children have greater difficulty adhering to physical distancing rules but are believed to transmit the virus less efficiently than adults. Rhinoviruses normally circulate year-round with seasonal peaks in spring and autumn and are transmitted in largely the same manner as SARS-CoV-2. Children are the main drivers of transmission of rhinovirus, with subsequent transmission to adults associated with exacerbations of airways disease and hospitalisations.2

In Southampton, UK, we tested adult medical patients admitted to hospital for a wide range of respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, from the height of the pandemic. We compared the rate of respiratory virus detection in 2020 with the same period in 2019. Around 2 weeks after the concurrent re-opening of state primary and secondary schools in early September, there was a sharp increase in the number of detections similar to that seen in 2019. Our data support previous reports that children are a major reservoir for rhinovirus infection, and a key driver of transmission to adults.
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Poole, Stephen
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Brendish, Nathan
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Tanner, Alex
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Poole, Stephen, Brendish, Nathan, Tanner, Alex and Clark, Tristan (2020) Physical distancing in schools for SARS-CoV-2 and the resurgence of rhinovirus. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 8 (12), e92-e93. (doi:10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30502-6).

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Children have greater difficulty adhering to physical distancing rules but are believed to transmit the virus less efficiently than adults. Rhinoviruses normally circulate year-round with seasonal peaks in spring and autumn and are transmitted in largely the same manner as SARS-CoV-2. Children are the main drivers of transmission of rhinovirus, with subsequent transmission to adults associated with exacerbations of airways disease and hospitalisations.2

In Southampton, UK, we tested adult medical patients admitted to hospital for a wide range of respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, from the height of the pandemic. We compared the rate of respiratory virus detection in 2020 with the same period in 2019. Around 2 weeks after the concurrent re-opening of state primary and secondary schools in early September, there was a sharp increase in the number of detections similar to that seen in 2019. Our data support previous reports that children are a major reservoir for rhinovirus infection, and a key driver of transmission to adults.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 January 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 October 2020
Published date: December 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 445116
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445116
ISSN: 2213-2600
PURE UUID: 140852fa-a0fa-47d1-a624-e8ed271f181b
ORCID for Nathan Brendish: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9589-4937
ORCID for Tristan Clark: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6026-5295

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Date deposited: 19 Nov 2020 17:33
Last modified: 07 Oct 2021 02:01

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