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New York (AP) – Children who caught coronovirus for day care and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that could bring germs home to children and infect others.
The study comes in the form of southern Utah and the state has seen its highest rate of new coronavirus infections since early August.
Scientists already know that children can spread the virus. But the study, published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from Utah, “certainly indicates – in a way that previous studies have struggled to do – the possibility of transmission to family members”, William Heinaz , Said a Harvard infectious disease. Researcher.
The findings do not mean that schools and childcare programs need to be shut down, but it does confirm that the virus can spread to those places and then be brought home by children. So, masks, disinfection and social distance are required. Experts said that more people working in such facilities have to be careful and get tested if they can get infected.
In the new study, researchers from Utah and the CDC focused on three outbreaks at Salt Lake City child care facilities between April and July. Two were child care programs for children, and the other was a camp for older children. The average age of the children in the three programs was about 7.
At two facilities, investigators were able to establish that an infected adult worker inadvertently introduced the virus.
The study concluded that 12 children caught coronovirus in facilities, and at least 12 of the 46 parents or siblings spread that they came into contact at home. Researchers said three of the infected children had no symptoms, and one of them spread to a parent who was later hospitalized due to COVID-19.
That kind of rate of prevalence – about 25% – is comparable to studies of outbreaks in families that include both children and adults. It also shows that children with no symptoms or very mild symptoms can spread the infection like adults.
Hanez cautioned that it is unclear whether the findings in the three programs are broadly applicable. Furthermore, genetic analysis of individual infections was not included in this study which may give a clear picture of the spread of the disease.
But many infected children experience mild illnesses and testing of children has become very limited, so it is likely that more than 25% of outside contacts were infected, Hanaz said.
The epidemic may get worse and more complicated this fall, said pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. David Kimberlin at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
“This should be another wake-up call for all of us, who need to be diligent and all do their part,” he said.
After a week where it was observed that the rate of new infections in Southern Utah was low, the region saw the highest rate of new coronovirus infections in the past two days in a month, according to the Utah Department of State of Utah. Southwestern Utah Department of Public Health.
There have been more new infections in Washington County in the last two days than in the last four days combined (42).
The increase in infection has moved beyond Washington County, which is still suffering the brunt of new cases. Beaver County reported its first new case since Aug. 9 on Saturday.
There has been no new local death on Thursday since hospitalization remained unchanged and Washington County’s over 85-year-old woman died.
St. George News Weekend Editor / Reporter Chris Reid contributed to this story.
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Southern Utah Coronavirus Count (as of September 12, 2020, seven-day average in parentheses)
Positive COVID-19 test: 3,831 (15.9 new infections per day in seven days, falling)
- Washington County: 2,985 (12.7 per day, rising)
- Iron County: 693 (2.1 per day, quitting)
- Kane County: 73 (per day, steady)
- Garfield County: 46 (0 per day, constant)
- Beaver County: 34 (0.1 per day, rising)
The deaths: 29 (0.1 per day, quitting)
- Washington County: 24
- Iron County: 2
- Garfield County: 2
- Cane County: 1
admitted to hospital: 7 (fixed)
Current utah seven-day average: 421 (rising)
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