Babies And Toddlers Are Highly Contagious For Covid-19

new study by Public Health Ontario, published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that infants and toddlers (0-3 years) are less likely to bring SARS-CoV-2 into the home but are more likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 compared with older children (14-17 years). This study reinforces the urgent need to protect children and those they live with as they return in person to schools, and prevent further transmission in the home.

During the early stages of the pandemic, many public health officials claimed that children were not at risk from infection or transmitted the virus. With a total of 180,175 pediatric Covid-19 cases were reported from August 12 to 19 and children representing 22.4% of overall reported cases, this has clearly been proven wrong.

“I think they were biased by the fact that children were sequestered at home,”  Dr. Tina V. Hartert, a respiratory epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University told the New York Times, who was not involved in the new study. “They were recommended not even to play with neighbors, they didn’t go to school, they didn’t go to day care”

Read the full article on Forbes

Originally published on Forbes on August 24, 2021  

© William A. Haseltine, PhD. All Rights Reserved.