In a new report, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows children of any age "might play an important role in transmission" of COVID-19. At least 260 children and staff members got coronavirus within a single week at a camp in the state of Georgia. Half of the children were under 12 years old. This contradicts the popularly-held notion that younger children do not get/do not spread COVID-19. The report states. "Asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission, as has been previously reported. This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection." Of note, this is a sleepover camp and children were not required to wear face masks.
In related news, a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association found that infected children have at least as much coronavirus RNA in their noses and throats as infected adults. This was particularly true for children under 5 years old, who were shown to have as much as 100 times the amount of virus particles in their upper respiratory tracts as older children and adults. It is important to note that the study examined the presence of viral RNA, which is not the same as the presence of infectious virus. Still, the lead author said in interviews, "One takeaway from this is that we can’t assume that just because kids aren’t getting sick, or very sick, that they don’t have the virus."