While similar clusters occurred around funerals, weddings, teen parties, and adult gatherings during the covid-19 pandemic, only a few super-spreading events have been documented among children.
The report will certainly contribute to the already polarized national debate on whether sending children back to crowded school buildings is worth the risk, largely because there is little data on children’s vulnerability to infection and their ability to transmit the virus. .
Proponents of reopening schools for personal instruction say early research shows that children are less susceptible to infection and the serious consequences of the virus than adults. Although the data continue to support this idea, little was known about the extent to which they could transmit it ̵1; especially when they show no symptoms.
According to a report released on Friday, the outbreak in the camp, identified only as “Camp A”, suggests that “children could play an important role in transmission.”
“These findings show that SARS-CoV-2 spread effectively on youth nights, leading to high levels of attacks among people of all ages, despite efforts by camp leaders to implement recommended strategies to prevent transmission,” the report said. .
“As already reported, asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission. This investigation contributes to a wealth of evidence showing that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. “
The CDC issued a separate statement entitled “The importance of CDC mitigation strategies” and not the consequences of the incident on the transmission of the virus in children. The statement said the camp did not require campers to wear masks or broadcast cabins, as instructed by the CDC to reopen, and also pointed to “daily vigorous singing and shouting” as potential contributing factors.
“Proper and consistent use of textile masks, thorough cleaning and disinfection, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing strategies, as recommended in recently released CDC guidelines for reopening American schools, are critical to prevent virus transmission in environments involving children and are our the biggest tools to prevent the covid-19 code, “the statement read.
The report’s authors noted that the study was limited to a data set that did not include all campers and therefore other related cases could be missing. In addition, as Georgia recorded a jump in the covid-19 transmission in the summer, some campers were able to catch the virus before arrival. The CDC report acknowledged that it could not determine which campers were doing and did not follow the recommendations regarding physical distancing, which also limits the kind of conclusions that can be drawn from the data.
According to the report, the camp was opened in two phases: Orientation for 138 trainees and 120 staff took place from 17 to 20 June. A total of 363 campers and three older workers joined on June 21. On June 23, a juvenile employee left after developing a chills and subsequently tested positive for covid-19.
Camp officials began sending campers home on June 24 and closed the camp on June 27.
Of those who became infected, 231 were 17 years of age or younger; the remaining 29 were adults. Symptom data were only available for 136 patients: Approximately a quarter or 36 people reported no symptoms; One hundred children and staff (74 percent) reported symptoms including fever (65 percent), headache (61 percent), and sore throat (46 percent).