Even children with mild or no symptoms can spread Covid-19, study shows

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Children with mild or no symptoms can transmit Covid-19, according to contact tracing data from three Utah child care facilities released Friday. 

The facilities said 12 children got Covid-19 in a child care facility and transmitted it to at least 12 people outside the facility, including household members. The data shows children can carry the virus from child care settings to their homes, the researchers write in a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The researchers analyzed contact tracing data from 184 people with links to three child care facilities in Salt Lake County from April to July. 

They found at least two children who had no symptoms not only had caught the virus, but passed it to other people, including one mother who was hospitalized. One 8-month-old child spread the virus to both parents.

The researchers say that two of the facility outbreaks began with staff members who had household contacts with the virus.

More details: Overall, children accounted for 13 of the 31 confirmed Covid-19 case linked to the facility, and all of the children had mild or no symptoms.

The researchers say that contact tracing and timely Covid-19 testing for those in child care settings, including asymptomatic people, can help prevent spread of the virus. They recommend the use of face masks, especially for staff working in child care centers with children below the age of 2, who may be too young to wear masks.

Source : CNN


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