A New Study Documents Efficient COVID-19 Transmission From Infected Children And Adolescents To Household Contacts

A hotly debated question is how efficient is the transmission of COVID-19 from children and adolescents to household contacts. This question has immediate resonance as we anticipate reopening schools for children of all ages, especially those twelve and under who will be unvaccinated at the start of the school year. A recent study provides an answer to this question: children and adolescents transmit SARS-CoV-2 efficiently to household contacts and some of these contacts require hospitalization. The study, done last year, was completed before the advent of the still more contagious and dangerous Delta variant. The study was published by The New England Journal of Medicine in July of 2021.

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