Asian Reporter web extra, September 30, 2020
Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?
By The Associated Press
Question: Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?
Answer: It appears the virus can spread among children and
teens, but how easily may vary by age. Research is still
underway, but children under age 10 seem to be less likely than
older kids to transmit the virus to other children and adults.
Children generally don’t appear to get sick or experience
symptoms as often as adults when they’re infected. Some evidence
suggests that may be particularly true for younger kids. That
might help explain why they appear less likely to spread the
virus — they’re less likely to be coughing and sneezing.
Some of the latest evidence comes from a recent report that
showed infected children in Utah day care centers and day camps
spread the virus to family members, including siblings. That
suggested very young children with no symptoms or very mild ones
can spread infection, but that the rate of spread was low.
A large study from South Korea suggested that kids aged 10
and up may spread the virus more easily to family members than
younger kids, and might even spread it as easily as adults.
Spread among children was also suspected in an outbreak at a
Georgia summer camp.
With other respiratory viruses, "young children are the germ
factories. In this case, it’s different and we don’t really know
why," said Dr. Sean O’Leary of the American Academy of