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A Dutch study: Children with corona have a lower viral load than adults



A Dutch study found that primary school-aged children infected with the Coronavirus have much lower viral loads than adults infected with the virus, and according to a report by the British "Daily Mail" newspaper, some scientists believe that the viral load, the amount of virus a person carries in his nose and throat, is related to transmissibility. , Although there is controversy over these claims.


Data from public health officials in the Netherlands reveals that people in the 80-year-old have 16 times more viral load than children under 12 years old, and researchers say rapid antigen tests, such as the tests suggested for use in schools and airports, are also likely to be less accurate for children. Than adults, due to this smaller pregnancy.


More than a quarter of a million people were tested in the northern Netherlands between January 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020.Among these tests, 211,933 were performed by qualified healthcare professionals, with data on viral load of 18,290 available, all of these swabs were processed by The same regional laboratory in the Netherlands to ensure that the tests are analyzed in the same way.


The researchers wrote in their study: "To our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the distributions of the corona virus viral load in a large number of patients from different categories of patients." And they added: "Our data provides a clear relationship between age and the viral load of the Corona virus, as children appear less From 12 years old there is less viral load regardless of gender and duration of symptoms.


More than 2,500 of the test subjects were under the age of 20 and 238 of them were under the age of 12, equivalent to primary school age.


The authors of the study from Kennemerland in the north of the Netherlands add: "The most prominent discovery of this study was the relationship between the viral load of corona and age, with significantly reduced viral loads in children, and previous studies indicated that young children play a limited role in the transmission of the Corona virus.

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