Study Finds Children 10-19 Spread Coronavirus as Much As Adults


Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, Large Study Finds

by Apoorva Mandavilli/The New York Times

In the heated debate over reopening schools, one burning question has been whether and how efficiently children can spread the virus to others.

large new study from South Korea offers an answer: Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do.

The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned.

“I fear that there has been this sense that kids just won’t get infected or don’t get infected in the same way as adults and that, therefore, they’re almost like a bubbled population,” said Michael Osterholm, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota.

“There will be transmission,” Dr. Osterholm said. “What we have to do is accept that now and include that in our plans.”

Several studies from Europe and Asia have suggested that young children are less likely to get infected and to spread the virus. But most of those studies were small and flawed, said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global….read more:


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  1. My only interest here is from a public health aspect, and I’m merely speculating on a dietary approach to one of the apparent COVID-19 disease vectors. I have no desire to wade into the politics, or make accusation.

    “They discovered that the virus prevents the routine burning of carbohydrates. As a result, large amounts of fat accumulate inside lung cells, a condition the virus needs in order to reproduce, MedicalXpress reported.”

    “The team believe their findings may help explain why patients with high blood sugar and cholesterol levels are often at a particularly high risk to develop COVID-19.”

    The fact that patients have high blood sugar, or that the virus prevents the routine burning of carbohydrates, makes me think that they are not fat metabolism-adapted; that is, because of dietary habits, their cells burn glucose rather then fat for energy, which further makes me wonder if becoming fat metabolism-adapted, such as a ketogenic diet(high fat, moderate protein, very low carbs) could obviate the necessity for the cholesterol drugs, while achieving the same results?

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