Economic cost and health care workforce effects of school closures in the U.S.

TitleEconomic cost and health care workforce effects of school closures in the U.S.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLempel H, Epstein JM, Hammond RA
JournalPLoS Curr
Volume1
PaginationRRN1051
Date Published2009
ISSN2157-3999
Abstract

School closure is an important component of U.S. pandemic flu mitigation strategy, but has important costs. We give estimates of both the direct economic and health care impacts for school closure durations of 2, 4, 6, and 12 weeks under a range of assumptions. We find that closing all schools in the U.S. for four weeks could cost between $10 and $47 billion dollars (0.1-0.3% of GDP) and lead to a reduction of 6% to 19% in key health care personnel.

Alternate JournalPLoS Curr
PubMed ID20025205
PubMed Central IDPMC2762813
Grant ListU54 GM088491 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
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