A new study has said that children are less infected with SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes Covid-19 infection. It has affected humans worst globally in the last 18 months. The virus has caused severe loss of life, resulting in millions of death. The virus is transmitted from person to person. This makes it riskiest and deadly. The latest study, however, said that kids are quite on the safer side. They are less at the risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 infection. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada. They said that kids are less exposed to the infection than other people as previously predicted.
The latest study has come at a time when the virus has affected humanity and challenged the public healthcare system. Researchers said that findings are important for clinical implications. The study involved scrutiny of samples collected from 175 kids and 130 adults. Researchers discovered that children are less capable of transmitting the infection than adults. However, researchers recommended that schools and daycares should still adopt precautions and avoid activities that could give a rise to the graph. They said that extracurricular activities may continue but appropriate guidelines should be in place. The result of the study was published in the CMAJ.
Researchers said that they used cell cultures of nasopharyngeal swabs for the study. They then investigated viral loads in the participants. This helped them in determining if kids are more infectious and can be carriers of Covid-19 than adults. Meanwhile, another study said that preschool and school kids are infected with SARS-CoV-2 during the second wave of the pandemic. Children are believed to be safe from any kind of infection compared. However, the second wave has seen many kids catching the virus. During the first wave of the pandemic, children were less infected with the coronavirus. Researchers said that kids produce more types of antibodies and therefore are at lower risk. Newborns too have shown antibodies to guard them against the virus.