South Korean epidemiologists have discovered that individuals have been extra more likely to contract the brand new coronavirus from members of their very own households than from contacts outdoors the house.
A examine revealed within the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) on July 16 seemed intimately at 5,706 “index sufferers” who had examined constructive for the coronavirus and greater than 59,000 individuals who got here into contact with them.
The findings confirmed simply two out of 100 contaminated folks had caught the virus from non-household contacts, whereas one in 10 had contracted the illness from their very own households.
By age group, the an infection price throughout the family was increased when the primary confirmed instances have been youngsters or folks of their 60s and 70s.
“That is in all probability as a result of these age teams usually tend to be in shut contact with family members because the group is in additional want of safety or help,” Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (KCDC) and one of many authors of the examine, advised a briefing.
Kids aged 9 and below have been least more likely to be the index affected person, stated Dr. Choe Younger-june, a Hallym College Faculty of Drugs assistant professor who co-led the work, though he famous that the pattern dimension of 29 was small in comparison with the 1,695 20-to-29-year-olds studied.
Kids with COVID-19 have been additionally extra more likely to be asymptomatic than adults, which made it tougher to establish index instances inside that group.
“The distinction in age group has no enormous significance in the case of contracting COVID-19. Kids could possibly be much less more likely to transmit the virus, however our information just isn’t sufficient to substantiate this speculation,” stated Choe.
Knowledge for the examine was collected between Jan. 20 and March 27, when the brand new coronavirus was spreading exponentially and as each day infections in South Korea reached their peak.
KCDC has reported 45 new infections as of Monday, bringing the nation’s complete instances to 13,816 with 296 deaths.
(Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Modifying by Catherine Evans)
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