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Nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in young children do not differ significantly from those in older children and adults.

  • Author(s): Madera, Sharline;
  • Crawford, Emily;
  • Langelier, Charles;
  • Tran, Nam K;
  • Thornborrow, Ed;
  • Miller, Steve;
  • DeRisi, Joseph L
  • et al.
Abstract

The role of children in the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has become a matter of urgent debate as societies in the US and abroad consider how to safely reopen schools. Small studies have suggested higher viral loads in young children. Here we present a multicenter investigation on over five thousand SARS-CoV-2 cases confirmed by real-time reverse transcription (RT) PCR assay. Notably, we found no discernable difference in amount of viral nucleic acid among young children and adults.

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