Known unknowns webinar series

A series of webinars on specific topics related to aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, as it progresses in 2021. The series follows on from the BMJ editorial "Covid-19's known unknowns" by George Davey Smith, Michael Blastland and Marcus Munafo, and the successful full-day webinar of the same title from by the British Medical Journal and the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit on 20th November 2020.

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COVID-19 and Schools #Known unknowns

28th January, 16:00 to 18:00 GMT

A free webinar of particular interest to the healthcare and education communities. Follow the Registration link to attend. The webinar will be recorded and available here after the event. 

Schools closures have been a controversial issue from the start of the COVID pandemic. Dr Fiona Godlee of The BMJ and Professor George Davey Smith of Bristol University and the MRC, plus their invited guests from leading institutions will discuss all aspects of the issue.


16:00 Welcome and introduction - Fiona Godlee, BMJ

16:05 SARS-CoV-2 prevalence/transmission/dissemination and role in community infection trajectories - Alasdair Munro (University of Southampton) and Muge Cevik (University of St Andrews)

16:30 Clinical risk to children (sever disease and long covid) - Elizabeth Whittaker (Imperial College London); Risk to teachers - Rachael Wood (Public Health Scotland) and David McAllister (University of Glasgow)

16:50 Consequences to children of school closures - Sunil Bhopal (Newcastle University) and Bruce Adamson (Children & young people's commisioner Scotland)

17:10 Views from the coalface - Elisabeth Gilpin (St Mary Redcliffe School, Bristol)

17:30 Discussion with questions: (1) the role of testing; (2) masks in schools; (3) balancing the interests/rights of children, teachers & other school workers and the community: (4) introducing interventions (such as closures, partial closures, testing) in ways that allow evaluation.

17:55 wrap up - George Davey Smith, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit

Covid-19's known unknowns editorial

"The more certain someone is about covid-19, the less you should trust them"

writes George Davey Smith, Michael Blastland and Marcus Munafo in their BMJ editorial published in October 2019. 

Covid-19: Known unknowns webinar

Dr Fiona Godlee of The BMJ and Professor George Davey Smith of the University of Bristol and the MRC, plus their invited guest discuss many aspescts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find all the sessions from 20th November 2020 on The BMJ YouTube channel.

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