English school return spurred COVID in children, but cases fell in adults - study

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Students be a acquisition astatine Weaverham High School, arsenic the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) lockdown begins to ease, successful Cheshire, Britain, March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo

  • Imperial survey finds September emergence successful kid COVID cases
  • Epidemic shrinks successful younger to mediate aged adults
  • Over 100,000 tests processed successful latest round

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - COVID-19 infections successful children successful England roseate successful September aft schools returned from summertime holidays, helping to support cases precocious adjacent arsenic determination was a autumn among adults, a ample prevalence survey showed connected Thursday.

The REACT-1 study, led by Imperial College London, is the latest to find that much children are getting infected with COVID-19 pursuing the reopening of schools astatine the commencement of September. work much

Infection numbers successful Britain are presently overmuch higher than successful different occidental European countries, with much than 30,000 caller cases reported each time this month, but person not risen supra summertime levels pursuing the instrumentality of schools successful England contempt the higher corruption rates successful children.

The survey recovered that prevalence successful 13 to 17-year-olds was 2.55% betwixt Sept 9-27, with prevalence successful those aged 5 to 12 astatine 2.32%. Prevalence for each big property radical was estimated beneath 1%.

The survey recovered that the epidemic was increasing among those nether 17, with an estimated reproduction "R" fig of 1.18. An R fig supra 1 implies exponential growth, portion a fig beneath 1 implies the epidemic is shrinking.

The epidemic was estimated to beryllium shrinking successful 18-54 twelvemonth olds, with an R fig of 0.81, portion the epidemic was broadly dependable among those implicit 55.

While astir 90% of implicit 18s person had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination rates of children are overmuch lower, and wide vaccination of those aged 12-15 lone began past month.

"Prevalence was precocious and expanding successful schoolhouse aged children during September," Paul Elliott, who led the study, told reporters.

"Increased vaccination uptake successful school-aged children, and the unvaccinated oregon partially vaccinated adults volition assistance trim the imaginable for transmission."

The survey is intended to springiness an estimation of corruption numbers that are unaffected by trends successful radical coming guardant to beryllium tested with COVID symptoms.

There was wide prevalence of 0.83% retired of 100,527 valid swabs submitted, higher than the 0.63% recorded by the survey successful July earlier cases peaked aboriginal that month.

Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by William Maclean

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