How Testing for COVID-19 Helped Summer Camps Remain Safe for Children

How Testing for COVID-19 Helped Summer Camps Remain Safe for Children
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The COVID-19 testing and infection-control measures have prevented a dangerous outcome at four overnight camps. These camps hosted over a hundred children between June and August.

 

Laura Blaisdell at the Maine Medical Center in Portland stated that these camps asked all the attendees, including the staff, to be tested for the virus before they arrive. They tested them again when they arrived at the camp, and then they were assigned to small cohorts. They spent the first 14 days quarantining. There were more than 1000 attendees, and only three people were tested positive. 30 people in the cohort were quarantined, and they all tested negative for the virus. So the virus did not spread from the three infected people.

 

About the study

 

According to some sources, kids aged 6 to 13 are less likely to have symptoms of the virus than those who are younger or older.Researchers from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham have studied 382 children and young adults who were in contact with persons infected with the virus. Three-quarters of the participants tested positive before or during the study.

 

It seems that 61% of the infected children aged between 6 and 13 showed symptoms, while 75% of the infected study participants aged under 6 and 76% of children participants over 13 presented symptoms. Those children who were aged between 6 and 13 who felt ill had milder symptoms than both older and younger study participants.

 

One-third of the infected children, who also had an infected brother or sister did not get into contact with an infected adult. This showed that the virus had spread between the siblings.

The authors of the study stated that everyone should take into account the differences in symptoms when it comes to age. The results of the study have not been peer-reviewed yet.


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