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Young children below the age of 5 years with mild to moderate COVID-19 were found to have high amounts of SARS-CoV-2 in their upper respiratory tract compared to adults or older children in a new research.
In a cohort of 145 patients less than 1 month of age to 65 years separated by age, investigators noted that the youngest children had significantly lower median cycle threshold (CT) values in comparison with older children or adults. This indicates that they had equivalent or more viral nucleic acid in the upper respiratory tract vs. other age groups. According to the findings published in JAMA Pediatrics, there was a 10- to 100-times greater amount of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the nasopharynx of young children. However, researchers stated that the findings were limited to detection of viral nucleic acid and not infectious virus… (Medpage Today)