CDC: Hundreds of kids infected with coronavirus within days at overnight camp

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Health experts, in conjunction with the CDC, have confirmed a coronavirus outbreak at an overnight camp in Georgia, which resulted in 260 testing positive for the virus.

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Among 597 Georgia residents, including campers, staff members, and trainees, the attack rate was 44%, reported Christine M. Szablewski, DVM, of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and colleagues.

On June 23, a teen staff member left the camp after developing chills the night before. While campers began to be sent home that same day, the camp did not officially close until three days later, the CDC said. However, campers did not follow rules to wear cloth masks and open windows and doors for ventilation, according to the report. The entire camp was closed June 27.

Attendees, including staff and campers, were required to get COVID-19 tests showing no virus before attending.

Among 136 cases with symptom information available, 26% reported no symptoms, with the authors specifically characterizing asymptomatic transmission as "common".

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The agency notes the attack rates could be underestimated because some cases may have been missed or the test results not reported. That's more than a third of the almost 600 Georgia residents who attended, according to the CDC's report.

While sleepover camps are not schools, and staff members are not teachers, the authors said the camps adopted CDC guidelines for youth and summer programs.

Although identical clusters have transpired all-around funerals, weddings, teenage get-togethers and grownup gatherings throughout the covid-19 pandemic, couple super-spreading occasions have been documented among the young children. Additionally, camp attendees engaged in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that included daily vigorous singing and cheering, which might have contributed to transmission. More than two-thirds (76%) were positive, the report shows.

The report is sure to increase fuel to an previously polarizing nationwide discussion about regardless of whether sending youngsters back again to crowded faculty structures is really worth the possibility, in substantial portion mainly because so little facts has been obtainable about children's vulnerability to the infection and their capability to transmit the virus. Of the 100 who reported signs, those most typically reported were subjective or recorded fever, headache and aching throat.

The CDC said in its press release that the proper use of face masks, along with rigorous cleaning and social distancing, can help prevent the spread of the virus.

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