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Sep 12 2020


Kids infected at day care likely to spread coronavirus to family and friends back home, studies show

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Children who caught the coronavirus at day cares and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that underscores that kids can bring the germ home and infect others.

 

 

 

Scientists already know children can spread the virus. But the study published on Friday by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention “definitively indicates — in a way that previous studies have struggled to do — the potential for transmission to family members,” said William Hanage, a Harvard University infectious diseases researcher.

 

 

 

The findings don’t mean that schools and child-care programmes need to close, but it does confirm that the virus can spread within those places and then be brought home by kids. So, masks, disinfection and social distancing are needed. And people who work in such facilities have to be careful and get tested if they think they may be infected, experts said.

 

 

 

Earlier research from the US, China and Europe has found that children are less likely than adults to be infected by the virus and are less likely to become seriously ill when they do get sick. There also was data suggesting that young children don’t spread the virus very often, though older kids are believed to spread it as easily as adults.

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