CoMMinS aims to give us an understanding of COVID-19 infection dynamics centred around school pupils and staff and onward transmission to family contacts.
We are doing this now as reopening schools in September 2020 will bring new challenges and new opportunities to study the natural history of COVID-19 in young people. We want to know about the role of young people in mitigating against disease transmission. We also want to find out about the impact on mental wellbeing.
CoMMinS will involve around 24 Bristol schools, but what we learn will be important to national decision-making for outbreak control.
The programme is led by a team of researchers from the University of Bristol and co-produced in partnership with Bristol City Council, Public Health England and Bristol Schools.