Sumary of School children in Switzerland show willingness to mask-wearing:
- A school-based survey conducted by scientists of the University of Zurich has revealed that about 60% of primary and secondary school students in Zurich, Switzerland, perceive mask-wearing at school as a useful intervention for controlling severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission.
- Study: Perceptions towards mask use in school children during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: the Ciao Corona Study.
- Image Credit: Syda Productions/ Shutterstock Background Since the beginning of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, low susceptibility to severe disease has been observed among children compared to that among adults and the elderly.
- Although the rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection among children is mostly similar to that among adults, evidence claims that the risk of viral transmission from infected children is relatively low.
- In Zurich, compulsory mask-wearing was introduced for secondary and primary school children in November 2020 and February 2021. In the current survey, the scientists have explored school children’s perceptions towards the utility of mask-wearing in school and public places.
- Study design The survey was conducted on schoolchildren aged 10 – 17 years enrolled for the Ciao Corona study, a prospective school-based cohort study exploring SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity among school children in the Canton of Zurich.
- Related StoriesIn the current online survey, two questionnaires were provided to the school children and their parents to gather information on children’s perceptions towards mask-wearing behavior and its usefulness.
- Important observations More than 1,500 children responded to the online survey.