Not All Children Spread COVID-19 Equally, Says a New Study

Not All Children Spread COVID-19 Equally, Says a New Study
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Whether we like it or not, experts are telling us that we can get infected with COVID-19 after having contact with children. It doesn’t matter if they’re our kids or not, but the even harder part is that not all the little ones spread COVID the same, according to a new study that was published in JAMA Pediatrics.

The new findings claim that those kids aged three and younger could be more likely to spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus to their siblings and caregivers in the house compared to other children.

Children are not more contagious than adults

Surprisingly or not, the findings of the new study don’t suggest that the little ones are more contagious when it comes to the coronavirus than adults.

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Dr. Edith Bracho Sanchez, who is a primary care paediatrician and also an assistant professor of paediatrics from Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, declared as quoted by ABC News:

In some ways, this is the opposite of what we had been told in the past. It just shows how humble we have to be when it comes to children and this virus,

We always knew children could get it, could transmit it, and could get sick with COVID. I think we’re learning more and more just how much.

The researchers studied over 6,200 households from Canada where the first COVID case in the home appeared for someone younger than 18 years of age. The scientists further analyzed how many members got the virus from the child in each home during the June-December 2020 period.

While the Delta strain is causing a surge in COVID cases in the US, staying as safe as possible from coronavirus infection can be done by well-known methods. Covering your face with a mask, frequently washing your hands, and avoiding crowds remain good ideas.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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