Children may carry 100 times as much virus as adults

A new study out this week found that children may carry far more viral material in their nose and throat than adults.

A new study out this week found that children may carry far more viral material in their nose and throat than adults.
The researchers found children had as much viral material in their swabs as adults — and sometimes up to 100 times more.
While other studies have found that very young children are less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19, this new research shows that these children are still very much at risk for spreading the disease.
Experts say these findings should be another factor that’s considered as the debate on opening schools continues.
“The school situation is so complicated — there are many nuances beyond just the scientific one,” Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.


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