Huge Study Finds Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults

July 22, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified July 23, 2020

A large new study from South Korea published by the CDC shows an alarming reality: Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do. This helps answer the question of whether (and how efficiently) children can spread the virus to others, which has come up in heated debates over reopening schools.

The findings of the study suggest that as schools reopen, communities need to prepare themselves to see groups of infection presented in children of all ages. The study is more disturbing for children in middle and high school; this group was even more likely to infect others than adults were, the study found. 

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