CDC detects juvenile virus cases in 4 states


(Newser)
By the time the three-week family vacation ended in the summer of this year, 11 relatives in four states had contracted coronovirus – which began with an infected 13-year-old man. Health officials want people to keep in mind that families are planning their upcoming holiday celebrations, Chicago tribune Report. The first lesson cited in the CDC report on the outbreak is that “children and adolescents can serve as a source of COVID-19 outbreaks within families, even when their symptoms are mild.” The agency said the case shows, again, the importance of social distance. “None of the six families developed symptoms maintaining external physical distance without a face mask during six visits to the family,” the report said. Even if they test negative, the CDC said, people should self-quarantine for 14 days if they are exposed to the virus.

The teenager’s performance occurred during an outbreak in June. Four days later, before he had any symptoms, the results of a rapid antigen test were negative. She developed her only symptom, nasal congestion, two days later, when she went to the gathering with her family. There, 14 relatives of five families wore masks or shared a house without social discrimination; Six who survived the symptoms went there but did not stay there. One of the 11 other family members who came with the virus was hospitalized and one was taken to the emergency room with respiratory symptoms. Both were recovered, the CDC said. The report does not name the states where relatives live, but attributed the information to health departments in Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Georgia. “The virus can spread efficiently during CDC,” CDC said, “especially with prolonged, close contact.” (Read more coronovirus stories.)

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