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Children Half as Likely to Catch COVID-19 as Adults, Reveals Meta-analysis

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Children were less likely than adults to contract a COVID-19 infection from an index case, revealed a meta-analysis.

Across 32 contact tracing or population testing studies comparing SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in children and adults, children below 14 years of age had lesser likelihood of being infected from an index case overall (odds ratio 0.56, 95% CI 0.37-0.85), and particularly in studies evaluating household transmission (OR 0.41, 95% CI 0.22-0.76). Adolescents aged 14 and above were shown not to have a significantly lower risk of infection compared to adults (OR 1.23, 95% CI 0.64-2.36). Additionally, seroprevalence was lower in children than adults, especially for children younger than 14, who had 48% decreased odds of infection compared to young adults aged 20 and above. The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics… (Medpage Today)

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