WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A recent analysis found out that COVID-19 will most likely be transmitted within homes rather than outside.
- The report showed that only two out of 100 people contracted the virus outside, while one-tenth was infected inside their homes.
- While experts think children are less likely to infect others, the study needs more samples to confirm the theory.
Epidemiologists from South Korea believes that individuals were at risk of getting the coronavirus from other people at their home than in public.
Research published July 16 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that it studied the cases of 5,706 patients infected with COVID-19 and over 59,000 people were traced to have interacted with them.
The analysis indicated that only two out of 100 infected people got the bug outside their homes. And one in every ten had acquired the infection from their relatives within their own houses.
When age is considered, the contagion rate domestically was higher when the first positive cases were teeners or older people between 60 and 70 years old.
Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) Jeong Eun-kyeong, a co-author of the research, explained during a briefing that it was possibly because the said age brackets are most likely to be in closer interaction with members of their family.
Kids aged nine and below were the least susceptible to part of the index patient, as explained by Dr. Choe Young-june, an assistant professor at the Hallym University College of Medicine.
He also spearheaded the research and noted that the trial size of 29 was way lesser in contrast to the 1,695 individuals studied who were between 20-29 years of age.
Youngsters with coronavirus were also possibly more asymptomatic than adults. This situation makes it challenging to isolate index cases within that cluster.
Chloe explained that the age variation has no considerable connotation when it comes to getting COVID-19. Kids could be at lesser risk in infecting others with the virus but noted the data is insufficient to confirm the assumption.
Data for the research was gathered from January 20 to March 27, when the virus was spreading massively, and the daily cases in South Korea were reported to reach its peak.
On Monday, KCDC has confirmed 45 new cases, making the nation’s total reach no less than 13,816, with 296 people reported casualties.