While such clusters have taken place around funerals, weddings, teenage parties and adult gatherings as part of the 19-year-old pandemic, few children have been documented among children.
The report is sure to add fuel to the already polarizing national debate about whether sending children to crowded school buildings is risky, in large part because there is so little evidence of children’s vulnerability to infection and their ability to transmit the virus. ,,
Proponents of rebuilding human education schools say early research shows that children are less susceptible to infections and severe virus outcomes than adults. Although data continue to support this idea, little is known about the extent to which they can transmit it, especially when they show no symptoms.
According to a report released Friday, the camp epidemic, identified only as “Camp A”
“These findings show that SARS-CoV-2 spreads effectively in a youth-targeted overnight environment, leading to high rates of attack among people of all ages, despite the efforts of camp staff to implement most of the recommended strategies for transmission prevention, “the report said. ,,
“Asymptomatic infection is common and potentially contributes to undetected transmission, as previously reported. This investigation adds to the evidence proving that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. “
The CDC issued a separate statement entitled “The Importance of CDC Mitigation Strategies” and not the consequences of the virus transmission incident in children. The statement noted that by not requiring campers to wear masks or ventilate cabins, the camp did not follow the CDC’s reopening instructions and also cited “daily vigorous singing and screaming” as potential contributors.
“Proper and consistent use of mask towels, strict cleaning and disinfection, social distancing, and frequent hand washing strategies, which are recommended in the recently published CDC guidelines for reopening American schools, are crucial to preventing the transmission of the virus in environments involving children and are our greatest tools for preventing covid-19, “the statement said.
The authors of the report noted that the study is limited by its data set, which does not include all campers and therefore more related cases may be missing. In addition, after Georgia suffered a jump in the transmission of kovi-19 in the summer, some campers may have caught the virus before they arrived. The CDC report acknowledged that it could not determine which campers and did not adhere to the recommendations for physical distancing, which also limited the type of conclusions that could be drawn from the data.
The camp was opened in two phases: Orientation for 138 trainees and 120 employees was held from 17 to 20 June. They were joined by 363 camps and three senior staff on June 21st. On June 23, a teenage employee left after the onset of chills and subsequently tested positive for covid-19.
Camp staff began sending campers home on June 24 and closed the camp on the 27th.
Of those infected, 231 were aged 17 or younger; the other 29 were adults. Symptom data were only available for 136 patients: About a quarter or 36 reported no symptoms; One hundred children and staff (74 percent) reported symptoms, including fever (65 percent), headache (61 percent) and sore throat (46 percent).