The results of Part 1 of an ongoing study investigating the role of children and families in the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) have recently been published.

The paper (in JAMA Pediatrics here) reports findings on the prevalence of acute SARS-CoV-2 infection and SARS-CoV-2 antibodies amongst parents and children (<11 years) in Baden-Württemberg. An editorial commentary in the same issue of JAMA Pediatrics can be found here and a summary is available here in German.

The study is a cooperation between four University Hospitals in Baden-Württemberg; Freiburg’s involvement in the study is led by Professor Philipp Henneke and Dr. Roland Elling.

For more information, please visit the study website (, in German) or email the study team (

Tönshoff B, Müller B, Elling R, et al. Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children and Their Parents in Southwest Germany. JAMA Pediatr. Published online January 22, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0001