The rollout of mass vaccination drives across the globe has offered new hope to people.
The cases of COVID-19 infection have dropped drastically in the past few months, but it is still too early to predict when this pandemic will come to an end and life will return to normal. New cases of infection are being reported every other day and so it is important to keep following the COVID norms to stay safe.
When you are in a public setting, it is hard to pinpoint exactly how you might get sick. As per a new study, you may protect yourself by staying away from adults.
Adults are reportedly the only group still spreading the contagious virus. This was concluded after a study carried out by a team of researchers from Imperial College London using cell phone data from more than 10 million individuals in the USA.
The findings revealed that adults between 20 to 49 years have been the only ones significantly responsible for the rising COVID cases. Out of 100, about 65 cases of infections were originated from those belonging to this age group. Children, as well as teenagers, have accounted for the minimal spread of the virus.
As far as older adults are concerned, they are more vulnerable to the virus but they are less likely to spread it to others. Going by the data, children aged 9 and younger than 9 contributed to less than 5 percent of infection, while those aged 10 to 19 were responsible for less than 10 percent.
In light of the recent finding, researchers concluded that extra prevention measures are needed among adults.
Those belonging to the 20 to 49 age bracket need to be extra careful and must follow the norms diligently. They must maintain social distancing, weak masks,s and following hygiene etiquette to protect themselves and others from the contagious virus.
As per another study published in JAMA Network, over half of COVID-19 cases are likely caused by people without symptoms.
It revealed that about 59 percent of all transmission is caused by pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. This study showed how identifying and quarantining symptomatic patients isn’t enough to control the transmission of COVID-19.
A few months ago, two studies carried out on the same issue concluded that young children not only transmit coronavirus efficiently but may also be a major contributor to the rising COVID cases.
The first was carried out by a pediatric hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and the second from the mountainous province of Trento, Italy.
According to the two previous studies, children 5 years and younger who develop mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms have 10 to 100 times as much virus strain in the nasopharynx as older children and adults.