Asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed.
A new CDC study, published on Friday, traced 184 students, teachers and family members connected to three daycare centers in Salt Lake City, Utah between April 1 and July 10.
Doctors and researchers have noted that children are less likely to be severely impacted by the coronavirus than their adult counterparts. However, many experts have asserted that infected children will be able to spread the virus to adults even if they do not show symptoms. The new CDC studies affirms that theory.
Over the course of the three-month CDC study, 12 of the 110 children ultimately tested positive for the virus. Nine showed mild symptoms, while three showed no symptoms at all.
Testing revealed that six of the 28 observed teachers also contracted the virus.
A new CDC study , published on Friday, has confirmed that asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults
The study is sure to cause more alarm as schools and daycare centers across the country continue to reopen following the end of summer. Stock image
In-depth contact tracing confirmed that the 18 infected teachers and students then spread COVID-19 to at least 12 of the 46 family members who took part in the study.
Six mothers became infected with COVID-19 – one of whom required hospitalization.
The study is sure to cause more alarm as schools and daycare centers across the country continue to reopen following the end of summer.
The study comes after news that at least four teachers in three states have died from COVID-19 complications since the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year.
Among the teacher casualties since the start of the academic year was elementary school teacher Demetria ‘Demi’ Bannister, 28, who died Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with the virus.
The district said Bannister was at Windsor Elementary School in Colombia on August 28 for a teacher work day, before classes resumed, but that was her last day in the school.
She began teaching remotely three days later and had not been showing symptoms when she was in the school building.
South Carolina third-grade teacher Demetria ‘Demi’ Bannister, 28, died Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with coronavirus
It’s unclear how many teachers in the U.S. have become ill with COVID-19 since the new school year began, but Mississippi alone has reported 604 cases among school teachers and staff.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said schools need guidelines such as mandatory face coverings and strict social distancing rules to reopen safely.
‘If community spread is too high as it is in Missouri and Mississippi, if you don’t have the infrastructure of testing, and if you don’t have the safeguards that prevent the spread of viruses in the school, we believe that you cannot reopen in person,’ Weingarten said.