Working in child care in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic did not increase the risk of contracting the virus. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, Yale researchers studied 57,000 child care providers across all 50 states. They found that programs that remained open throughout the pandemic did not contribute to the spread of the virus to child care providers, as long as the programs took safety measures like disinfecting, handwashing, and limiting group size.