Children are Silent Spreaders of Covid-19

“I was surprised by the high levels of virus we found in children of all ages, especially in the first two days of infection,” says Lael Yonker, MD, director of the MGH Cystic Fibrosis Center and lead author of the study, “Pediatric SARS-CoV-2: Clinical Presentation, Infectivity, and Immune Reponses,” published in the Journal of Pediatrics. “I was not expecting the viral load to be so high. You think of a hospital, and of all of the precautions taken to treat severely ill adults, but the viral loads of these hospitalized patients are significantly lower than a ‘healthy child’ who is walking around with a high SARS-CoV-2 viral load.”

Massachusetts General Hospital. “Researchers show children are silent spreaders of virus that causes COVID-19: Comprehensive pediatric study examines viral load, immune response and hyperinflammation in pediatric COVID-19.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200820102442.htm (accessed August 20, 2020).

This article is a must read for parents and politicians. In person school around the country has started. Be prepared in case your kid brings back more than just homework from school.

3 thoughts on “Children are Silent Spreaders of Covid-19

  1. This is pretty scary for me. The lady who cleans my house has two children starting in person school and one in daycare. We both always wear masks. I really need the help due to my knees. I try to stay in a different room as much as possible.

    • You have options. You can ask the cleaning person to have her kids wear masks. Or you could give them all a gift of rapid Covid tests! I just took an antigen test and it came back negative.

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