New Study Finds Kids May Carry 10 To 100 Times More Coronavirus Than Adults

A new report from Lurie Children’s Hospital found that children under the age of 5 may carry higher levels of COVID-19.

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Students gather outside Oscar Mayer Elementary in Chicago on March 16, 2020, after it was announced that all CPS schools would be closed due to COVID-19. CPS is expected to announce a framework for reopening schools for the fall on Friday July 17, 2020. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
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Students gather outside Oscar Mayer Elementary in Chicago on March 16, 2020, after it was announced that all CPS schools would be closed due to COVID-19. CPS is expected to announce a framework for reopening schools for the fall on Friday July 17, 2020. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

New Study Finds Kids May Carry 10 To 100 Times More Coronavirus Than Adults

A new report from Lurie Children’s Hospital found that children under the age of 5 may carry higher levels of COVID-19.

With just a few weeks to go before the start of school, many proponents of in-person teaching point out that kids are less likely to get infected or infect others. But a new study from Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital finds that children may not be quite as spared from the novel coronavirus as experts thought. The study finds infected children younger than five can host up to 100 times as much of the virus as infected adults.

Reset takes a closer look at the study, and how it may help scientists better understand how COVID-19 is spread.

GUESTS: Apoorva Mandavilli, science reporter at The New York Times

Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, pediatric infectious diseases expert at Lurie Children’s Hospital