According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the new coronavirus outbreak spread to four U.S. states between June and July this year, with one of the infections coming from a 13-year-old on vacation with a family of five. The report highlights the ability of minors to also effectively transmit the virus to adults. America’s “back to school” is most worried about the spread of the new coronavirus among children, which can then spread to teachers, parents and the community as a whole.
In a report on the outbreak and spread, the CDC said the 13-year-old girl from a family of five, with her parents and two brothers, was in the family. The family of five was reunited with 15 other relatives, including five families from four U.S. states, who lived together for a while in a five-bedroom, two-bathroom room, with some staying in the house for eight days and others for 25 days.
The report continues that no one at home wears a mask or adheres to social alienation guidelines. To make matters worse, the report also notes that six additional people visited during the period (including an aunt, an uncle and four cousins) for 10 hours on the third day and three hours on the 10th day, all of which were at risk of infection. A subsequent new crown test of 14 people found that 12 were positive.
Now, the story is fascinating, and frighteningly, that the 13-year-old actually tested negative for the coronavirus four days before he began his family trip. The report suggests that even if she has no symptoms, she may have been tested for rapid antigens after exposure to the virus. Her only symptom during the party was nasal hemostatic, which appeared two days after she tested negative for COVID.
The CDC draws some conclusions from the above case studies. First, the study shows how asymptomatic children and adolescents can spread the virus to adults. In addition, studies have shown that rapid antigen detection is not as reliable as PCR detection (nasal swabs) and should not be the only indicator of negative diagnosis.