Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

October 9, 2020

Children and Adolescents With SARS-CoV-2 Infection



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  • A study of 203 children infected with SARS-CoV-2 indicated that infection is typically asymptomatic or mild during childhood, and that most children have moderate or high viral loads regardless of age, symptoms, or severity of infection. Among children for whom the source of infection was identified, 74% were infected by a member of their household. In 67% of family clusters, an adult with COVID-19 was the first case, suggesting that adults play an important role in the transmission of SARS-Cov-2 within families.

Maltezou et al. (Oct 6, 2020). Children and Adolescents With SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.