Pediatric Patients with Asymptomatic COVID-19 may have activ
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Children infected with Covid-19 can shed the virus for weeks, even after their symptoms clear or if they never develop symptoms, according to a new study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Researchers observed 91 kids with Covid-19 and about 22% of the children, who were under the age of 19, were asymptomatic. The remaining children had symptoms that were detected before or shortly after their diagnosis.

Duration of symptoms varied, with some children presenting symptoms for as little as three days, while others had symptoms for nearly three weeks, according to the study.

Overall, researchers said the virus was detectable for an average of about 2½ weeks in children’s respiratory tracts.

The researchers found nearly half of the children who were symptomatic and a fifth of the asymptomatic children were still shedding after being tested at three weeks.

They said the duration the asymptomatic children were shedding could have been even longer since the true date of their infection is unknown.

“These findings are highly relevant to the development of public health strategies to mitigate and contain spread within communities, particularly as affected communities begin their recovery phases,” they said, adding the role of children in spreading the disease still needs to be further examined.

Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2770149
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