Since the onset of the corona plague, experts have been trying to figure out if children may be a significant source of infection, but the issue has yet to be resolved, largely because contradictory evidence has so far been found. At first, when the center of the epidemic was in Wuhan, it seems that children are not infected with the virus at all. It is very quickly found that children can indeed be infected with the corona virus, but they are less likely to develop severe symptoms as in adults.
It was then revealed that children may be asymptomatic spreaders, meaning they can infect others with the virus without showing symptoms on their own. But other evidence has suggested that while children can be infected with the virus and transmit it to others, they are less contagious than adults. It has also been argued that smaller children are less contagious. Now a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (CDC) Reveals interesting conclusions on the issue of infection in children, which may affect the issue of opening educational institutions in September.
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Children of all ages can spread the virus
The study focused on a specific case that occurred last month at a summer camp in Georgia, USA. The camp housed a total of 597 children and staff, but the report results refer to 344 of them. Out of 344 staying at the camp surveyed (average age of participants was 12 and average The age of the staff members was 17) who were tested, 260 were found to be positive for Corona – more than 3/4 of the participants tested.The infection rate was 44 percent – 51 percent of them were 6-10 years old, 44 percent of them were 11-17 and 33 percent Of them aged 18-21.
In terms of symptoms, toCDC There is information on only 136 of the participants. 26 of them showed no symptoms at all while 100 children and staff (74 percent) showed symptoms such as high fever (65 percent), headache (61 percent) and sore throat (46 percent).
Another interesting statistic revealed in the report showed that the virus spread rapidly – most participants became infected in less than a week since arriving at summer camp even though all 597 participants were asked to prove they had undergone a corona test before their arrival. “Asymptomatic infection was common and probably contributed to indistinguishable distribution. , As previously reported, “theCDC In the report. “This investigation is in addition to additional evidence showing that children of all ages are exposed to the corona virus and, contrary to initial reports, may play an important role in infection.”
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Lack of adherence to guidelines to prevent infection
B-CDC We noted that at the summer camp under study they did not pay much attention to various rules that could reduce the percentage of infection. Only the staff were asked to wear a mask – the children did not. In addition, the cabins were not ventilated and activities that included loud singing could also affect the spread of the virus. In summary, the report states that physical distance and masking are two important strategies that should be emphasized in environments such as the one at summer camp, in order to prevent the virus from spreading. It is not yet known how these findings will affect the issue of returning to school that is currently being discussed in the United States and whether it will even affect the return to school in Israel on September 1.
The corona plague is an event that continues to evolve and catch up. The current report is as of Sunday (02.08.2020) and more may change. We strive to bring you the latest reports, but it is important to be updated daily in light of the many changes.