Kids under age 5 may carry a much higher coronavirus viral load than older children and adults: study
published 01.08.2020 15:03
A recent study of 47 COVID-19 infected children between the ages of 1 and 11 in Germany found that even asymptomatic kids had viral loads on par with those of adults — if not higher.
The most alarming finding, however, was that kids under 5 had significantly more of the viral genetic material in their noses — 10 to 100 times more, in fact, compared to older children and adults.
And they found that older children and adults had similar amounts of the viral genetic material, which can be extrapolated to measure how much live virus they carried.
A small Chicago study published in JAMA Pediatrics this week is renewing such questions, as it suggests that small children infected with COVID-19 carry at least as much of the virus as adults do — if not much, much more.
And in May, another JAMA study found that children age 4 and under are largely responsible for spreading respiratory syncytial virus (commonly called RSV) in adults over 65.