Identifying Silent Covid Cases in Children Key to Curbing Spread

April 23, 2021, 3:09 PM

Rapid identification of children who are silently spreading the virus that causes Covid-19 may have a similar effect in curbing outbreaks as would their vaccination, according to new findings released Friday.

A team of researchers across the U.S. and Canada developed a simulated model of how the virus transmits, taking into account different age groups, natural history of the disease, vaccination, and interventions such as self-isolation. The findings indicate it’s important to start contact tracing at the first sign of infection instead of waiting for test results.

“A substantial proportion of COVID-19 cases are attributed to silent transmission from individuals ...

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