Children and young people appear to be less likely to catch SARS-CoV-19 than adults according to new research, but evidence remains weak on how likely children are to transmit the virus to others, as detailed in a new preprint study.
The findings emerge from a large UCL-led review of global test and tracing and population screening studies. Researchers say the findings provide further evidence on children’s susceptibility to COVID-19, and the data will be important for governments making decisions about school reopening and easing lockdown restrictions.
The findings have been submitted to a journal and will be published on pre-print server within days. This paper is a preprint and has therefore not yet been peer reviewed. However given the current debate on re-opening of schools the authors were keen to discuss their findings with the science and health journalists.
Speakers will include:
Prof Russell Viner, Professor of Adolescent Health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Prof Chris Bonell, Professor of Public Health Sociology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Dr Rosalind Eggo, Assistant Professor and infectious disease modeller in public health epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
This briefing was accompanied by an roundup of comments