New Studies Add to Evidence that Children May Transmit the Coronavirus

Workers sprayed disinfectant at the Saint Exupery primary school in Cannes, France, on Tuesday.
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Date of Publication: May 5, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Two recent studies assessing the transmission of COVID-19 in children have shown that there are possible concerns with re-opening schools. However, many schools in countries such as Israel, France, Germany and the UK are starting to re-open or have plans to do so in the upcoming weeks. The first study used data from two cities in China, Wuhan and Shanghai, and found that when schools re-opened, children had three times as many contacts as adults and also three times as many chances to get the virus. The second study led by German researchers, looked at the amount of virus in both children and adults who tested positive, and found that it was no less in children and sometimes even more. Further research will be needed in this area to help guide governments in their decision-making. A new study called Heros, will be conducted by the National Institutes of Health in the United States to track 6000 people from 2000 families to assess which children contract the virus and whether they transmit it to other family members.

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Summary by: Helen Genis