While similar gatherings around funerals, weddings, teen parties and adult gatherings during the covid-19 pandemic, a few super-widespread events have been documented among children.
The report is sure to add fuel to a discussion on the already polarizing country about whether to send children back to crowded school buildings is risky, in large part because little information was available. on the vulnerability of children to infection and their ability to transmit the virus. .
Advocates of reopening schools for in-person instruction argue that early research shows that children are less prone to infection and severe outcomes from the virus than adults. While the data continue to support that idea, little has been known about the extent to which they can transmit it ̵1; particularly when they are not showing symptoms.
According to the report released Friday, the outbreak in the camp identified only as “Camp A” suggests that children “may play an important role in transmission.”
“These findings show that SARS-CoV-2 spreads efficiently in a youth-centered night environment, resulting in high attack rates among people in all age groups, despite the efforts by field officials to implement the most recommended strategies to prevent transmission, “the report said.
Asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission, as previously reported. This investigation adds to the evidence showing that children of all ages are prone to SARS-CoV-2 infection. “
Of those infected, 231 were 17 years of age or younger; the remaining 29 were adults.
Symptom data were available for only 136 patients: About a quarter, or 36 people, reported no symptoms; 100 children and staff (74 percent) reported symptoms, the most documented or subjective experiences of fever (65 percent), headache (61 percent) and sore throat (46 percent). -hundred).
The CDC issued a separate statement entitled “the importance of CDC mitigation strategies,” rather than the implications of the incident for viral transmission in children. The statement noted that by not requiring campers to wear masks, or to alert booths, the camp did not follow guidance from the CDC reopening, and also indicated “loud singing and shouting daily.” as potential contributing factors.
“Correct and consistent use of cloth masks, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing, social distance and frequent hand washing strategies, which are recommended in the recently released CDC guide to reopening schools of “In America, they are critical to preventing the transmission of the virus in environments involving children and are our greatest tools to prevent covid-19,” the statement said.
Authors of the report noted that the study was limited by its data set, which did not include all campers and therefore there may be further related shortcomings. In addition, since Georgia experienced a jump in covid-19 transmission over the summer, some campers may have caught the virus before they arrived. The CDC report acknowledged that it could not determine which campers did and did not follow the recommendations for physical distance, which also limits the type of conclusions that can be drawn from the data.