Young children are more likely to transmit COVID-19 to households than older children: study – .

Young children are more likely to transmit COVID-19 to households than older children: study – .

A study published this week found that young children were more likely to transmit COVID-19 in their homes than older children.
The study, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), observed more than 6,000 Canadian households between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

According to the study, children aged three and under had the highest risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus to their households compared to children aged 14 to 17. Children aged 4 to 13 were also at higher risk of transmission, but not as much as younger ones.

“In this study of 6,280 pediatric index cases, we observed that children aged 0 to 3 years were more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 through household contacts compared to children aged 14 to 17”, have writes the researchers. “This association was observed regardless of factors such as the presence of symptoms, the reopening of schools / daycares or the association with a school / daycare epidemic. “

The researchers suggested that the difference in transmission rates could be attributed to differences in viral shedding, behaviors, and symptom expression. However, they recognized that more study of the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19 is needed.

Numerous studies, such as a study conducted in September by University College London, found that children are less likely to contract COVID-19. This study found that children and youth are up to 40% less likely to contract COVID-19 than adults.

Additionally, children who contract the virus have been shown to be less likely to develop severe cases. Children under 12 still not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States

However, the latest increase in COVID-19 cases brought on by the more infectious delta variant has led to a skyrocket in the number of children hospitalized due to the coronavirus. Last week, the seven-day average of pediatric admissions hit a record 239 per day.

Experts are still not sure whether the high admission rate is due to the delta variant being more severe or because there are more infections in general.


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