- A new study has found that children are just as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults, although cases are less severe in children.
- Researchers found that about five out of every 1,000 people of all age groups contracted the virus
- Nearly half of the children who tested positive for Covid were asymptomatic
- But only 12% of those 18 years of age and older who contracted the virus experienced asymptomatic cases.
- Parents are split 50/50 on whether or not to vaccinate children because children have a low risk of serious illness and account for less than 0.1% of all COVID deaths.
A new study has found that children are just as likely to contract COVID-19 as adults, but cases in minors are more likely to be asymptomatic.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and Columbia University (NYC) in New York City collected data from participating families in Utah and NYC.
They found that age has little effect on a person’s odds of contracting the virus, with one in every 1,000 adults and children falling ill over the study period.
Although younger people were significantly less likely to have severe symptoms from the virus compared to 88 percent of adults, only half of children had symptomatic cases.
The study’s findings add to a growing body of evidence that children and teens are generally protected from the virus compared to their older peers and at a lower risk of serious complications or death.
A new study finds that half of children who contracted COVID-19 did not experience symptoms of the virus, compared to only 12% of adults.
There was little difference in COVID-19 infection rates across different age groups, with five out of every 1,000 people infected with the virus
The researchers, who published their findings Friday in JAMA Pediatrics, recruited 1,236 people from 310 households.
Participants will have to self-collect nasal swabs to test for the virus regularly between September 2020 and April 2021.
They would also complete surveys, reporting possible COVID symptoms that they were experiencing.
Overall, among participants in NYC, there were 7.7 positive cases per 1,000 people, which is double the rate of 3.8 cases per 1,000 people in Utah.
New York City, in general, has proven to be one of the country’s COVID-19 hotspots due to its large and dense population.
The researchers combined data from both cities, and divided the participants into age groups.
For children aged zero to four, 6.3 out of 1,000 contracted the virus during the study period.
Additionally, 4.4 out of every 1,000 children aged five to 11 years and six out of every 1,000 children aged 12 to 17 years tested positive for COVID-19.
The adults in the study had similar COVID rates, with 5.1 out of every 1,000 contracting the virus.
Only children 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the US, but many parents will not vaccinate their children even though it is approved for all ages. Image: A young child gets tested for COVID in Austin, Texas on August 5
While infection rates were similar, children infected with the virus fared much better than their older peers.
Half of the two youngest children, aged zero to four and aged five to 11, had no symptoms when they contracted the virus.
Even young children aged 12 to 17 years old included in the study had high rates of asymptomatic cases, with 45 percent of those infected not suffering any symptoms.
However, the numbers were quite different for the adults in the study.
Only 12 percent of the adults in the study had asymptomatic cases because it is very difficult for older people to deal with the virus.
‘A substantial fraction of SARS-CoV-2 infections in children were asymptomatic and likely would not have been detected without study testing, supporting the hypothesis that [Covid] Infection in children has been largely under-detected during the COVID-19 pandemic,’ the researchers wrote.
Adults who are at higher risk for symptomatic COVID cases have a valuable tool to contain the virus.
Vaccines for COVID-19 are widely available in the US, and all adults are eligible for shots.
In comparison, only children 12 years of age or older are authorized to receive it.
The relatively low severity of COVID cases in children has led many parents to question whether they need to vaccinate their children, even if it is available.
Surveys have found that parents of children are equally divided on whether their children will get the COVID-19 vaccine.
One SurveyMott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine in July, that 39 percent of parents said their children have already received a coronavirus shot.
However, 40 percent of parents also said that it is ‘unlikely’ that their children will be vaccinated.
Another survey by Axios/Ipsos in September found that 44 percent of parents of children aged five to 11 said their children were likely to get a vaccine and 42 percent said it was unlikely. Their children will be vaccinated.
A survey by Axios/Ipsos found that 44% percent said their child was likely to get a vaccine and 42% said it was unlikely their children would be vaccinated.
In fact, more children die each year from gun violence, drowning, poisoning and other fatal injuries than those who die from COVID-19.
toxic accidents kill 730 children every yearWith two deaths per day, according to the CDC.
CDC too finds That 2,756 Americans under the age of 19 committed suicide in 2019 and 925 died of drowning.
Another 3,302 children died from traffic-related motor vehicle accidents in 2019.
Not only this, 3,371 children and adolescents lost their lives due to gun violence in the US in 2019. America’s Children’s State 2021 report good.
In 2019, only bicycle accidents accounted for fewer deaths with 79 deaths for those under the age of 20, according to the U.S. we …