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Student behavior during a school closure caused by pandemic influenza A/H1N1.

Miller JC, Danon L, O'Hagan JJ, Goldstein E, Lajous M, Lipsitch M - PLoS ONE (2010)

Bottom Line: We sought to improve our understanding of these behaviors.We found significant interaction with the community and other students-though less interaction with other students than during school-with the level of interaction increasing with grade.Our results are useful for the future design of social distancing policies and to improving the ability of modeling studies to accurately predict their impact.

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Affiliation: Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America. joel.c.miller.research@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Many schools were temporarily closed in response to outbreaks of the recently emerged pandemic influenza A/H1N1 virus. The effectiveness of closing schools to reduce transmission depends largely on student/family behavior during the closure. We sought to improve our understanding of these behaviors.

Methodology/principal findings: To characterize this behavior, we surveyed students in grades 9-12 and parents of students in grades 5-8 about student activities during a week long closure of a school during the first months after the disease emerged. We found significant interaction with the community and other students-though less interaction with other students than during school-with the level of interaction increasing with grade.

Conclusions: Our results are useful for the future design of social distancing policies and to improving the ability of modeling studies to accurately predict their impact.

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Lower school activity levels by grade.Levels of activity in healthy students are lower than reported by upper school students.
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pone-0010425-g006: Lower school activity levels by grade.Levels of activity in healthy students are lower than reported by upper school students.

Mentions: Reported activity rates were significantly lower than in the upper school (Figure 6). This is likely to be because younger students have lower activity, but it may also be because parents had less knowledge of their children's activities.


Student behavior during a school closure caused by pandemic influenza A/H1N1.

Miller JC, Danon L, O'Hagan JJ, Goldstein E, Lajous M, Lipsitch M - PLoS ONE (2010)

Lower school activity levels by grade.Levels of activity in healthy students are lower than reported by upper school students.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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pone-0010425-g006: Lower school activity levels by grade.Levels of activity in healthy students are lower than reported by upper school students.
Mentions: Reported activity rates were significantly lower than in the upper school (Figure 6). This is likely to be because younger students have lower activity, but it may also be because parents had less knowledge of their children's activities.

Bottom Line: We sought to improve our understanding of these behaviors.We found significant interaction with the community and other students-though less interaction with other students than during school-with the level of interaction increasing with grade.Our results are useful for the future design of social distancing policies and to improving the ability of modeling studies to accurately predict their impact.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America. joel.c.miller.research@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Many schools were temporarily closed in response to outbreaks of the recently emerged pandemic influenza A/H1N1 virus. The effectiveness of closing schools to reduce transmission depends largely on student/family behavior during the closure. We sought to improve our understanding of these behaviors.

Methodology/principal findings: To characterize this behavior, we surveyed students in grades 9-12 and parents of students in grades 5-8 about student activities during a week long closure of a school during the first months after the disease emerged. We found significant interaction with the community and other students-though less interaction with other students than during school-with the level of interaction increasing with grade.

Conclusions: Our results are useful for the future design of social distancing policies and to improving the ability of modeling studies to accurately predict their impact.

Show MeSH
Related in: MedlinePlus