Camping without masks on, hundreds of children in Georgia, US were infected with COVID-19
Key words: Not wearing masks, Cluster transmission, Child infection
According to NBC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed COVID-19 cluster transmission in a summer camp in Georgia on July 31st. This fact has proved that children are susceptible to contracting COVID-19, and they play an important role in the transmission of COVID-19.
CDC said the camp had 597 participants and staff members. Upon testing 58% of them, at least 260 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
The camp did not follow CDC’s advice that all participants should wear masks, and only required staff members to wear masks. Between June 17th to 20th, the host committee held an information session for 138 trainees and 120 staff members, most of whom were under the age of 21.
However, host committee of the camp did follow administrative order of the state of Georgia, and required that everyone test negative for COVID-19 within 12 days prior to their arrival to the camp, and submit test results.
June 21st, when the camp officially began, 363 participants between the ages of 6 to 19 arrived, participated in various indoor and outdoor activities, and slept in cabins which could hold a maximum of 26 people. June 23rd, a young staff member left camp site after getting a cold, and tested positive for COVID-19 the next day. June 27th, participants were sent home and the camp closed.
Officials began their investigation on June 25th, and found that 260 out of 344 people have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 230 of them are under 17 years old, and 74% of those infected show mild symptoms of fever, headache, sore throat and so on. Others infected show no symptoms.
A report by CDC concluded that the results show COVID-19 to be transmitting among young people sleeping in the same environment, which implies that all age groups are likely to contract COVID-19.
The report also found children of all ages to be susceptible to COVID-19. Contrary to the findings of earlier reports, children can play a significant role in transmitting COVID-19 as well.
Although children and adults take the same precautions during COVID-19 outbreak, children have relatively weaker immune systems and therefore they need to be treated more cautiously. Precaution for children should follow the principle of maintaining and enhancing children’s immunity. During the unexpected pandemic, children are an especially vulnerable group due to their low immunity. They can be easily attacked by coronavirus, therefore extra care for children is necessary. During COVID-19 pandemic, protecting children’s health is extremely important. In addition to putting children in home quarantine, parents should also help increase children’s immunity by paying attention to healthy, balanced diet and motivating them to exercise.