A study published today in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests younger children could more likely transmit the virus compared to older children. The age group with the highest odds of transmission is being observed in children three years old and younger. The study collected data between June 1 and December 31, 2020, from 6,280 different homes in Ontario.
1,717 or 27.3 per cent of the households appeared to have secondary transmission. Which is when at least one other person in the home became infected with the virus within 2 weeks of the primary case. Infected children were divided into groups based on age ranges, children aged 0-3 had the highest probability of transmission.
The children aged 4-8 and 9-13 had higher odds than the eldest group aged 14-17. These results hinted to the researchers that younger children may be more susceptible to transmitting the novel coronavirus. According to the authors of this study, “understanding the infectivity of children in different age groups has implications for infection prevention within households as well as schools and child-care facilities.”
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