Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

October 16, 2020

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Children and Adolescents



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[Pre-print, not peer reviewed] Children and adolescents who acquired SARS-CoV-2 infection during an overnight camp in June transmitted the virus to both pediatric and adult contacts in their households, with 10% of the adult secondary cases requiring hospitalization, based on a retrospective cohort study from Georgia. Among 526 tested household contacts of 224 infected individuals, 48 secondary cases were identified, corresponding to a secondary attack rate (SAR) of 9%. The authors note that because the exposure at camp was known, many of the young people self-isolated or wore masks upon returning home, potentially contributing to a lower SAR than had been observed in other studies. [EDITORIAL NOTE: An earlier manuscript associated with this outbreak was summarized in the Lit Rep on July 31, 2020].

Chu et al. (Oct 12, 2020). Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Children and Adolescents. Pre-print downloaded Oct 16