While similar clusters of funerals, weddings, youth parties, and adult gatherings have occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic, only a few events have been documented in children that have spread widely.
The report will certainly contribute to an already polarizing nationwide discussion of whether sending children back to crowded school buildings is worth the risk, largely because there is so little data available on children’s vulnerability to infection and their ability to transmit the virus are .
Proponents of reopening schools for personal instruction argue that early research shows that children are less susceptible to infection and serious consequences of the virus than adults. While data continues to support this idea, little was known about the extent to which it could be transmitted ̵
According to the report released on Friday, the outbreak in the camp, identified only as “Camp A”, suggests that children “could play an important role in the transmission”.
“These results show that SARS-CoV-2 spreads efficiently in a youth-oriented nighttime environment, leading to high attack rates among people of all ages, even though camp officials have tried to implement the most recommended strategies to prevent transmission,” he said the report.
“Asymptomatic infection was common and may have contributed to an undetected transmission, as previously reported. This study complements the evidence that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infections. “
The CDC released a separate statement with a heading on the “importance of CDC mitigation strategies” and not on the impact of the incident on children’s virus transmission. The statement stated that campers did not have to wear masks or ventilated cabins, and that the camp did not follow instructions to reopen the CDC. In addition, “strong singing and screaming every day” was pointed out as possible factors.
“The correct and consistent use of fabric masks, rigorous cleaning and disinfection measures, social detachment, and frequent hand washing strategies recommended in the recently published CDC guidelines for the reopening of American schools are crucial to prevent the virus from being transmitted to environments, in which children and children are involved are our greatest tools to prevent covid-19, ”says the statement.
The report’s authors found that the study was limited by its dataset, which did not include all campers and may therefore lack more related cases. As Georgia saw an increase in Covid-19 transmission in the summer, some campers may have detected the virus before they arrived. The CDC report recognized that it was not possible to determine which campers followed and did not recommend physical distance recommendations, which also limits the type of conclusions that can be drawn from the data.
According to the report, the camp had opened in two phases: An orientation for 138 trainees and 120 employees took place from June 17 to 20. On June 21, a total of 363 campers and three senior employees joined. On June 23, a young employee left the camp after developing chills and then tested positive for covid-19.
The camp officials sent campers home on June 24 and closed the camp on June 27.
Of those who were infected, 231 were 17 years or younger; The remaining 29 were adults. Symptoms data were only available for 136 patients: about a quarter or 36 people reported no symptoms; Hundreds of children and employees (74 percent) reported symptoms such as fever (65 percent), headache (61 percent) and sore throat (46 percent).