Scientists: Adults and children are equally often infected with COVID-19
Children and adults alike are equally susceptible to infection with the coronavirus, but the former are almost four times more likely to undergo COVID-19 asymptomatically. This is the conclusion reached by Belgian scientists, finding out how the infection is transmitted in the school environment, write argumenti.ru.
Specialists at the University Hospital of Liege have developed a special testing and tracking program for their research. The experiment was conducted from September to December 2020 with the participation of 63 children and 118 adults, during which time adults and children were infected with the coronavirus in equal proportions. At the same time, in schoolchildren, the probability of an asymptomatic course of the disease was four times higher. The mean time to symptom onset was zero in children and 15 days in adults. In addition, scientists have found that adults are often infected from other adults, while children – from each other.
At the end of August, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that children were becoming more likely to get coronavirus. According to him, this was due to the aggressiveness of the new version. In this regard, the head of the Ministry of Health recommended that parents be vaccinated against COVID-19. This will help minimize risks to children. 10 schools in Moscow are currently conducting free express testing for COVID-19.