There’s additional research available on kids and the coronavirus. A new study found that children are not immune to coronavirus and might even play a significant role in spreading the disease, contrary to what many scientists originally thought.

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Mass General Hospital for Children found that of 192 kids, 49 tested positive for the virus and had higher levels of the virus in their airways than hospitalized adults.

Dr. Alessio Fasano, senior author and director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Researcher Center at Massachusetts General Hospital said of the findings, “Kids are not immune from this infection, and their symptoms don’t correlate with exposure and infection. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we mainly screened symptomatic subjects, so we have reached the erroneous conclusion that the vast majority of people infected are adults. We should not discount children as potential spreaders for this virus.”

Some kids showed symptoms of the virus, but many did not. Because they can carry higher levels of the virus, researchers think that children might be more contagious than adults.

A school in Georgia reopened and had to send over 100 kids home within a week because of the coronavirus. “Kids are a possible source of spreading this virus,” Fasano said. “And this should be taken into account in the planning stages for reopening schools.”

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