This Makes You 50% Less Likely to Get COVID, Says Study
Although coronavirus cases were lowering across America, new variants present new dangers: anyone can get COVID-19, and the new strains are more transmissible and some more lethal. Worryingly, cases are now creeping back up. But according to a study, published last month in PLOS Computational Biology, some people may be in slightly less danger than others. In fact, one group is nearly half as likely to catch coronavirus, according to their findings. Read on to see if you're in the group—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
People Under the Age of 20 Are Half as Likely to Catch COVID, Claims Study
The study, conducted by Israeli scientists, concluded that "people under the age of 20 are about half as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults, and they are also less likely to transmit the disease to others," reports NDTV. "Previous studies have found differences in symptoms and the clinical course of COVID-19 in children compared to adults. Researchers have also reported that a lower proportion of children are diagnosed with COVID-19 compared to older age groups."
Authors of the study collected data from 637 households in the city of Bnei Brak, Israel. "The estimation results indicate that the role of children in the transmission of infection is less prominent than that of adults," write the authors. "Children are less susceptible than adults, and their infectivity is somewhat lower as well."
"The fact that the fraction of children among the confirmed cases has been found to be low in many countries can be accounted for by two (nonexclusive) hypotheses: (1) Children display milder symptoms than adults when infected, so are less likely to be tested in a typical testing policy triggered by symptoms, (2) Children are less susceptible to infection than adults. Our analysis of the data obtained in this study lends support to both hypotheses, and indicates that both have a role in explaining the observed epidemiological patterns."
The Findings Came During a Debate in America About Schools Opening
The dangers to—and from—young people is currently being debated as states decide whether or not to send kids to school in person. The CDC last month released new recommendations for safe ways to reopen schools. Aware that teachers are nervous about returning without being vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last month: "There are a lot of things that can be done," he said on This Week, referring to the CDC recommendations, "that would make the risk less. And this is the first time that it's been put down in a document based on scientific observations and data over the last several months to a year, both in the United States and elsewhere—part of that is to indicate and to suggest strongly that a preference be given to teachers to get vaccinated. So vaccinating teachers are a part of it….That would be optimal if you could do that. But practically speaking, when you balance the benefit of getting the children back to school with the fact that the risks are being mitigated, if you follow the recommendations and these new guidelines from the CDC, hopefully I think that will alleviate the concerns on both sides."
Until we've reached herd immunity, no matter your age, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.