Published Mar 31, 2020

Maria José Sá

Sandro Serpa  


The emergence of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the end of 2019 changed the face of the world. Deep consequences are being felt across the whole world at all levels. This opinion piece aims to provide a picture of the Portuguese educational scenario, specifically the impact of COVID-19 in education and government measures to mitigate it, the hindrances and the challenges ahead.


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COVID-19, Epidemic, School Suspension, Online Education

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How to Cite
Sá, M. J., & Serpa, S. (2020). The Global Crisis Brought about by SARS-CoV-2 and Its Impacts on Education: An Overview of the Portuguese Panorama. Science Insights Education Frontiers, 5(2), 525–530. https://doi.org/10.15354/sief.20.ar039
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