Children under 5 carry a high viral load of coronavirus, but are less likely to spread it according to experts

For months, experts have stressed that younger children are less likely to transmit COVID-19 and usually do not experience serious cases of the virus. But a new small study is calling some of that into question. The study, which was published in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed the results of nasopharyngeal swabs collected in March and April on 145 COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate illness. The swabs were taken within a week of the patients — who ranged one month to 65 years old — experiencing symptoms

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