Children Much More Likely to Have Asymptomatic Cases of COVID-19: Study

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Children are overmuch much apt to person cases of COVID-19 without showing symptoms than adults, according to a caller study.

Roughly fractional the children betwixt 0 and 11 years aged who tested affirmative for COVID-19 crossed households studied successful New York City and immoderate counties successful Utah showed nary symptoms, researchers found. Almost fractional the kids 12 to 17 had COVID-19 without symptoms.

That compared to conscionable 12 percent of adults 18 oregon older not having symptoms from the disease.

The study followed 1,236 radical successful 310 households betwixt September 2020 done April to way asymptomatic and symptomatic infections. Participants self-collected nasal swabs.

The survey recovered akin COVID-19 corruption rates crossed property groups, though the hazard of corruption was higher successful New York City.

Forty of the households had 1 oregon much COVID-19 infections during the survey period. Ninety-four participants tested positive.

The survey was well-designed, Dr. Monica Gandhi, prof of medicine astatine the University of California, San Francisco, told The Epoch Times.

“They could fundamentally stratify that 0 done 4, 5 to 11, and past going up from determination are precise improbable to get sick,” Gandhi said.

Researchers, including Dr. Fatimah Dawood with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the survey showed that households stay a communal tract for transmission of the microorganism that causes COVID-19.

“Our findings suggest that children and adults person akin incidence rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection, underscoring the request for accelerated valuation of vaccine efficacy and information successful children to grow vaccine indications to younger property groups. We besides recovered that SARS-CoV-2 infections were much often asymptomatic successful children compared with adults, highlighting the request for further information connected hazard of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from persons with asymptomatic infection, including children,” they concluded.

SARS-CoV-2 is different sanction for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.

In an accompanying article besides published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Flor Munoz, an infectious illness and pediatric adept successful Texas, said the survey should thrust mitigation measures similar masking and societal distancing successful assorted radical activities, including childcare and after-school programs.

Others weren’t arsenic sure.

“The hazard of superior result (hospitalization, death) is precise debased successful children—about the aforesaid arsenic for a mediate aged, vaccinated person. The determination astir whether children should beryllium expected to adhere to mitigation measurement (or effort to) depends connected the level (and type) of microorganism circulating successful the assemblage astatine the time, the grade of vaccination among the eligible population, and our wide hazard tolerance. There is surely country for radical to disagree connected these points,” Dr. Adam Cifu, prof of medicine astatine the University of Chicago, told The Epoch Times successful an email.

Gandhi said her superior takeaway was however low-risk children are from COVID-19.

Even successful dense households successful precocious transmission areas, “children are truthful overmuch little apt to get sick,” she said.

Other studies person indicated that children often don’t endure terrible cases of COVID-19 erstwhile they declaration the disease.

Another survey precocious published, from the United Kingdom, found that school-aged children who contracted the unwellness typically had a abbreviated duration of symptoms, adjacent aft the Delta strain of the CCP microorganism became prevalent.

The median unwellness was recovered to beryllium 5 days, with the likelihood of respective symptoms being higher with Delta compared to the Alpha strain.

“Few children presented to hospital, and agelong unwellness duration was uncommon, with either variant,” researchers said.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including authorities and tribunal cases. He started astatine The Epoch Times arsenic a New York City metro reporter.