Children are low-risk spreaders of SARS-CoV-2, say paediatricians

Victorian health authorities, however, say there’s growing evidence of child-to-child transmission

Children are typically the last in households to develop COVID-19, suggesting they can be infected but are rarely an index case for an outbreak, researchers say.

A Swiss study of the country's first 40 children under 16 years known to be infected with COVID-19 has found 80% were from families with at least one other person infected with the virus.

However, in only 8% of households were the children the first to develop symptoms, the researchers wrote in Pediatrics.

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