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Sunday, August 02, 2020

When state officials were deciding whether to shutter their schools back in March, the evidence they had to work with was thin. They knew kids easily catch and spread influenza -- and that school holidays and closures have helped slow its spread. But they weren't sure if the same was true for Covid-19.

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The first study, published in JAMA, is peer-reviewed. As Haseltine notes, researchers examined findings from a pediatric hospital in Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association):

The Chicago study examines the concentration of the SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx, or the upper region of the throat that connects to the nasal passages, of children and adults. According to the results, children 5 years and younger who develop mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms have 10 to 100 times as much SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx as older children and adults.

Whenever these young children cough, sneeze, or shout, they expel virus-laden droplets from the nasopharynx into the air. If they have as much as one hundred times the amount of virus in their throat and nasal passages as adults, it only makes sense that they would spread the virus more efficiently. The study also shows that children from the ages of 5 to 17, also with mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms, have the same amount of virus in the nasopharynx as adults age 18 and above

THE SECOND STUDY:

The researchers found that although young children had a somewhat lower risk of infection than adults and were less likely to become ill, children age 14 and younger transmit the virus more efficiently to other children and adults than adults themselves. Their risk of transmitting Covid-19 was 22.4 percent"more than twice that of adults aged 30 to 49, whose rate of contagiousness was about 11 percent. "Although childhood contacts were less likely to become cases," they wrote, "children were more likely to infect household members."

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HINT: Don't listen to Trump or DeVos or anyone else who tells us kids don't transmit COVID.

These two studies indicate they're even better transmitters than adults. Kids have been home, not in school, spreading it to each other and their families. Expect cases and deaths to increase 'bigly' when they go back to school.

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-08-01 11:58 PM | Reply

Both studies appear to have been further validated by the horrific experience of a single Georgia YMCA summer camp this week in which nearly half of hundreds of youth campers were infected in a matter of days, despite many "social distancing measures" purportedly in place. In evaluating that incident, the CDC on Friday released a report which could serve as an addendum to these two studies.

These findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission.

Asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission, as has been previously reported (1"4).

This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection (1"3) and, contrary to early reports (5,6), might play an important role in transmission.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-08-02 12:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

PS - The Georgia YMCA camp experiment:

Everyone tested negative before being allowed in, measures were taken for social distancing, etc etc

In a 4 day period, out of nearly 600 people tested for COVID, 44% presented with positive tests.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-08-02 12:32 AM | Reply

Everyone tested negative before being allowed in

Which was meaningless.

The guidelines for those test results required they be 12 or less day sold.

All that said is that you were COVID negative 12 or less days ago.

As for the linked studies I'm not surprised. My position from the get go was that the supposed low transmission from kids was an artifact from several factors:

a. young children are either asymptomatic or experience mild illness when infected

b. this means they're tested less frequently and are, therefore, not considered sources of exposure since they're not tested

c. with schools closed they're not out as much as an adult who needs to work or shop or run errands

States that allow schools to open will be disasters.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2020-08-02 01:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is not unknown.

This has been the case with other diseases, such as measles.

Schools are implicated in the spread of all kinds of disease, and some we associate with school, such as head lice and mono.

The GOP is a Death Cult.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-02 06:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"children 5 years and younger who develop mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms have 10 to 100 times as much SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx as older children and adults."

Trump: We should kill the little children to embiggen the economy so I can win reelection and give more tax cuts to billionaires.
GOPhers: [Citizen Kane Applause]

#6 | Posted by censored at 2020-08-02 10:43 AM | Reply

This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection (1"3) and, contrary to early reports (5,6), might play an important role in transmission.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-08-02 12:26 AM | Reply

As I posted in another thread, that study also noted that the children 6-10 had the highest rate of infection of any cohort at above 50%. They also note the attack rate is probably an underestimation because they only know how many in Georgia tested positive. They do not know how many were actually tested.

#7 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-08-02 12:20 PM | Reply

Good point, StatsPlease.
Also solid dissection of Ray's modus cogitandi on the Herman Cain thread.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2020-08-02 12:51 PM | Reply

Get hype, Red states. The Red Wave of Death is coming!

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-02 01:44 PM | Reply

Well what do you know. Segregating people during a pandemic somehow magically helps to reduce the spread of a highly contagious virus. Huh!! Who'd a known. LOL

#10 | Posted by jvel777 at 2020-08-03 07:12 AM | Reply

Get hype, Red states. The Red Wave of Death is coming!

#9 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-08-02 01:44 PM | FLAG:

I am. How else is this place supposed to turn Blue?

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-08-03 08:48 AM | Reply

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