According to a study published Friday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, very young children can catch COVID-19 and spread the virus to adults even if they never show symptoms.
The findings have implications again in the form of care centers and schools across the country – and an increasing number of children with coronovirus are being diagnosed.
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The new report details COVID-19 outbreaks at three child care facilities in Utah from April to July.
Twelve children became infected by someone else in day care, but most had no symptoms. Through detailed contact tracing, investigators were able to determine that those children who spread the virus to at least 1 in 4 people were in close contact outside the childcare facility. Those contacts usually included mothers and siblings.
In one case, an 8-month-old child spreads COVID-19 caring for both parents. In one case, a parent had to be hospitalized.
Two out of three asymptomatic children who confirmed the COVID-19 diagnosis spread the virus to others. Transmission is also likely from children to their teachers.
Prior to the outbreak, facilities had implemented some mitigation strategies, such as daily screening for temperature and other symptoms. Some staff members were asked to wear masks.
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But no children were asked to do so. This research suggests that masks can also be an important way to help prevent outbreaks among children.
The CDC recommends that children over 2 years of age should wear masks in public settings to help reduce the proliferation potential of others.
The CDC states on its website, “While children may spend time with other people as they return to day-care or school settings,” it is important that there is a lack of exposure to additional children and adults outside of daycare or school Returns. Risk. “
The report also recommends increasing the availability of the COVID-19 test, which includes “timely testing and testing of patients’ contacts in childcare settings regardless of symptoms.”
Day care facilities may consider implementing policies to keep staff members quarantine and test whether family members are showing signs of coronavirus. The study’s authors wrote, “Two out of staff members had a domestic contact with confirmed or potential COVID-19 and went to work.”
According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, as of Friday afternoon, at least 514,000 children in the United States had COVID-19.
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