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Children Much More Likely to Have Asymptomatic Cases of COVID-19: Study

Children are much more likely to have cases of COVID-19 without showing symptoms than adults, according to a new study. Roughly half the children between 0 and 11 years old who tested positive for COVID-19 across households studied in New York City and some counties in Utah showed no symptoms, researchers found. Almost half the kids 12 to 17 had COVID-19 without symptoms. That compared to just 12 percent of adults 18 or older not having symptoms from the disease. The study followed 1,236 people in 310 households between September 2020 through April to track asymptomatic and symptomatic infections. Participants self-collected nasal swabs. The study found similar COVID-19 infection rates across age groups, though the risk of infection was higher in New York City. Forty of the households had one or more COVID-19 infections during the study period. Ninety-four participants tested positive. The study was well-designed, Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of …

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