Summer camp strategies aimed at preventing COVID spread led to ‘almost zero’ transmissions: CDC

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During their first 12 days of camp, non-vaccinated campers were screened several times

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According to the recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC), implementation of several strategies prevented nearly zero transmission of COVID-19 among the 7,173 campers and staff members who attended nine U.S. overnight camps this summer. Study.

During this summer, nine affiliated camps worked with CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, to American Camp Association as well as state and local departments to design specific protocols for their individual sites.

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According to the study, each camp recommended vaccination for those who were eligible, but 30% of participants were not eligible because they were under the age of 12.

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Staff members and campers were required to wear masks and physically distance themselves from anyone outside their immediate family for about two weeks before coming to all nine camps. According to the study, participants were strongly advised to wear masks and practice physical distancing while traveling to the camp, while campers were required to submit at least one negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival at the camp .

The researchers said that during their first 12 days of camp, unvaccinated campers were tested multiple times to prevent COVID-19.

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Staff members and campers were organized into pods: each pod was a single cabin where residents interacted with their other members without masking or physical distancing, but eventually the camps merged into larger pods, where a pod was located in several developed into. cabins.

The camps intentionally maximized outdoor activities to limit indoor transmission, staggered meal times, and divided campers to eat indoors or out. Hospital care, sick calls, and drug administration were also stunned. Well.

The researchers found that out of more than 38,000 screening tests, 21 people tested positive, but 15 had a false-positive result. Three additional symptomatic cases were identified, taking a total of nine positive cases across all nine sites without any secondary transmission.

There are two important limitations of this study: negative test results that were symptomatic were not always documented due to hospital staffing challenges. The second limitation was incomplete vaccination data because one camp did not collect vacation status among campers, leading to an underestimation of the overall vaccination rate.

The report’s lead health scientist Dr. Sarah Lee, team lead in the Healthy Schools Branch, Department of Population Health at CDC, recently wrote to Granthshala News: “The findings of this study confirm that multilevel prevention strategies (for example, Frequent screening testing, masking, physical distancing and activity modification) help reduce the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in youth summer camp settings. Additionally, with higher vaccination rates among eligible staff and campers, These camps were well prepared to prevent COVID- 19.”

Research noted schools and other similar youth related programs can implement similar strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission.


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