New articles in the GANM Library: COVID-19 and reopening schools, child health, and health promotion

Aug 24, 2020

Dear GANM community,


As schools begin to reopen and colleges try to have on campus instruction this fall, there has been an outcry of concerns from parents, students, and teachers across the nation. In this week’s edition of the GANM library briefing we would like to turn our attention to three articles discussing schools, children, and health promotion.


Sharma, V., De Beni, D., Sachs Robertson, A., & Maurizio, F. (2020). Why the promotion of family planning makes more sense now than ever before? Journal of Health Management22(2), 206–214.


In an article published in Sage Journals the authors sought to analyze the possible consequences of the pandemic on the rights of individuals with respect to family planning. Results showed and overall decreases in family planning. The authors suggest greater domestic investment in health system strengthening, provisions for contraception, and more!


Panovska-Griffiths, J., Kerr, C. C., Stuart, R. M., Mistry, D., Klein, D. J., Viner, R. M., & Bonell, C. (2020). Determining the optimal strategy for reopening schools, the impact of test and trace interventions, and the risk of occurrence of a second COVID-19 epidemic wave in the UK: a modelling study. The Lancet: Child & Adolescent Health.


In this modelling study from the United Kingdom, researchers aimed to predict the impact of schools reopening for all students. Results showed that in order to prevent a second COVID-19 wave there must be a large-scale and population-wide testing of symptomatic individuals along with effective contact tracing and isolation if needed. 



Abrams, E. M., McGill, G., Bhopal, S. S., Sinha, I., & Fernandes, R. M. (2020). COVID-19, asthma, and return to school. The Lancet: Respiratory Medicine.


Due to COVID-19 causing severe respiratory symptoms there is great concern regarding children with asthma attending school this fall. Research shows past annual autumnal spikes in asthma attacks in children and young adults, and with COVID-19 looming many are concerned the well-being of those with asthma. This article sought to discuss the importance of considering those with asthma when making decisions for schools and overall health. 

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