Do childcare facilities such as crèches and kindergartens and elementary schools pose a risk for the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19? This remains a controversial issue. The six Bavarian university pediatric clinics want to provide an answer. Starting in July, they will work together to conduct tests at approximately 150 selected childcare facilities throughout the state of Bavaria to determine how many children are infected and whether they are showing symptoms. The study will also address other aspects of children’s health such as the impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing and the medical care of children. Consequently, the long-term epidemiological survey will look ahead to the future and will scientifically study the re-opening of childcare facilities and schools.
The medical researchers from Augsburg, Erlangen, Munich, Regensburg and Würzburg will visit crèches, kindergartens and elementary schools to conduct voluntary testing of children between one and 10 years of age, childcare staff and teachers. At TUM, the study will be headed by Prof. Uta Behrends. She is Professor of Pediatric Infectiology and Immunobiology and senior physician at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a joint institution of the Klinikum rechts der Isar and the München Klinik Schwabing.