FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – The pandemic has turned the world upside for children and many questions still surround kids who contract COVID-19.
One of those big questions, are kids as likely to spread the virus as older adults?
An initial argument for virtual learning was to limit a child’s exposure and to protect more vulnerable family members, like grandparents.
Harvard researchers say families should do everything they can to try to limit the risk of COVID-19, saying grandchildren should be isolated as much as possible, as should the parents, so the overall family risk is as low as possible.
Flint pediatrician Dr. Gwendolyn Reyes with Hurley’s Children Hospital says information about the coronavirus is ever-changing.
“Initially we thought it was mostly just adolescents that were similar to adults in the way that they can spread the virus. And then more recent studies show kids 10 and older spread the virus similarly. And now we’re seeing kids younger than that are even carrying the virus, but the question is, does carrying the virus also equal spreading the virus?” asks Dr. Reyes.
Reyes says there are more documented cases of adults passing it to the child, but researchers can not say for certain that younger children pass it to adults, even though a recent study shows children can carry a viral load higher than hospitalized adults.
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