Asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed.
A new CDC study, released Friday, tracked 184 students, teachers, and family members connected to three daycare centers in Salt Lake City, Utah, between April 1 and July 10.
Doctors and researchers have noted that children are less likely to be severely affected by the coronavirus than their adult counterparts. However, many experts have said that infected children will be able to spread the virus to adults even if they show no symptoms. The new CDC studies affirm this theory.
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Tests revealed that six of the 28 teachers observed also contracted the virus.
A new CDC study, released Friday, confirmed that asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults
The study will certainly cause more alarm as schools and day care centers across the country continue to reopen after the end of the summer. Stock image
A thorough search of the contacts confirmed that the 18 infected teachers and students then spread COVID-19 to at least 12 of the 46 family members who took part in the study.
Six mothers were infected with COVID-19, one of which required hospitalization.
The study will certainly cause more alarm as schools and day care centers across the country continue to reopen after the end of the summer.
The study comes after news that at least four teachers in three states have died from COVID-19 complications since the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Among the teacher’s victims since the beginning of the academic year was elementary school teacher Demetria “Demi” Bannister, 28, who died on Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with the virus.
The district said Bannister was at Windsor Elementary School in Colombia on August 28 for a day of teaching work before classes resumed, but that was his last day at school.
He started distance teaching three days later and had shown no symptoms when he was in the school building.
South Carolina third-grade teacher Demetria ‘Demi’ Bannister, 28, died Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with coronavirus
It is unclear how many teachers in the United States have fallen ill with COVID-19 since the start of the new school year, but Mississippi alone has reported 604 cases among teachers and school staff.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said schools need guidelines like mandatory face covers and strict social distancing rules to safely reopen.
“ If community outreach is too high like in Missouri and Mississippi, if you don’t have the infrastructure for testing, and if you don’t have the protections that prevent the spread of viruses in the school, we believe it is not possible to reopen person, “Weingarten said.
Nacoma James, 42, taught in middle school and helped coach high school football. He died on August 6 during the first week of class from complications from the coronavirus
Mississippi history teacher Tom Slade died Sunday. Slade was teaching in person when the academic year began on August 6, but he began quarantine after having contact with someone who was positive at a church meeting. His last day of teaching was August 21st
AshLee DeMarinis was only 34 when she died Sunday after three weeks in the hospital. He taught social skills and special education at John Evans Middle School in Potosi, Missouri
The start of the new school year brought with it new victims, two in Mississippi alone.
In Oxford, Mississippi, Nacoma James, 42, taught middle school and helped coach high school football.
He died on August 6 during the first week of classes, but was in quarantine when teachers and students returned to class, Lafayette County School District Superintendent Adam Pugh said.
Meanwhile, history teacher Tom Slade, also from Mississippi, died Sunday of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.
Slade was teaching in person when the academic year began on August 6, Principal Raina Holmes said, but began quarantine after having contact with someone who was positive at a church meeting.
His last day of teaching was August 21st.
On the same day, 34-year-old teacher AshLee DeMarinis died of COVID-19 after three weeks in the hospital.
He taught social skills and special education at John Evans Middle School in Potosi, Missouri, approximately 70 miles southwest of St. Louis.
In Potosi, in-person classes started on August 24th.
DeMarinis had already been hospitalized, but had been in school preparing for the year a couple of weeks earlier, said her sister, Jennifer Heissenbuttel.
Superintendent Alex McCaul said contact tracing determined he had no close contact with teachers, students or staff.
School districts and state officials have struggled to strike the right balance with coronavirus precautions with some schools already forced to return to online learning within the first week of returning to class.
According to the Washington Post, a school in Georgia had to send hundreds of people home to quarantine after just one day on a kindergarten campus.
In another district, 900 children and staff were quarantined after being exposed to the coronavirus in the first week.
In New York City, two public school teachers tested positive in a Brooklyn school district on Tuesday.
The results came just a day after teachers and other staff returned to the school building before the start date of September 21.
School districts and state officials have struggled to strike the right balance with coronavirus precautions with some schools already forced to return to online learning within the first week of returning to class. Stock image