Transmission of coronavirus among children

1 Aug, 2020 at 12:42 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

file-20200430-42951-1r6uw7bThese findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission. Asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission, as has been previously reported. This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, might play an important role in transmission. The multiple measures adopted by the camp were not sufficient to prevent an outbreak in the context of substantial community transmission … Physical distancing and consistent and correct use of cloth masks should be emphasized as important strategies for mitigating transmission in congregate settings.

Christine M. Szablewski et al. / MMWR

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  1. The most worrying conclusion here is that “contrary to early reports, [children] might play an important role in transmission.”
    However, there were no findings of children transmitting the disease to adults.
    .
    Consistent with other studies, the report indicates that most children are unaffected, and that those who catch the virus suffer zero or only mild symptoms:
    66% tested negative.
    Among the 44% positive cases, for those with available symptom data:
    26% had no symptoms
    65% had subjective or documented fever
    61% had headache
    46% had sore throat.
    .
    There were zero reported cases of hospitalisation or death.

  2. Correction :56% tested negative.


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