Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

October 16, 2020

COVID-19 Transmission in US Child Care Programs



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In a study of COVID-19 outcomes among child care providers who provided in-person child care during the first three months of the pandemic versus those who did not, no association was found between exposure to child care and testing positive for or being hospitalized with COVID-19 in both unmatched (OR =1.06) and matched (OR=0.94) analyses. Being a home-based provider was associated with COVID-19 (OR=1.6) in the matched analysis, but it did not show an interaction with exposure to children. The authors note that their results should be interpreted with consideration to the extensive infection mitigation efforts that were implemented by many child care programs during this time.

Gilliam et al. (2020). COVID-19 Transmission in US Child Care Programs. Pediatrics.