A new study from South Korea has determined that kids 10-19 years old can spread coronavirus as well as adults can. This could be additional evidence as school districts across the country weigh factors in opening schools this fall.

According to the study, children younger than 10 transmit the virus less than adults do, but are still capable of transmission. Among 10-19 year-olds, that age group can spread the virus at least as well as adults do. Experts have cautioned that this means kids of all ages could become clusters of infection if school reopens.

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“I fear that there has been this sense that kids just won’t get infected or don’t get infected in the same way as adults and that, therefore, they’re almost like a bubbled population,” Michael Osterholm, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota, told the New York Times.“ There will be transmission,” Dr. Osterholm said. “What we have to do is accept that now and include that in our plans.”

Studies from Europe and Asia previously suggested that young children are less likely to get infected and spread the virus. Those studies included smaller groups. The study from South Korea is the largest study to date, with 65,000 people participating.

Study authors cautioned about students in school and their capacity to spread the virus. “Young children may show higher attack rates when the school closure ends, contributing to community transmission of Covid-19,” they wrote.Experts are rushing to gather data to share with school districts. Many districts seem to be picking and choosing studies or ignoring scientific recommendations altogether.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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