Sumary of SARS-CoV-2 infection risk in day care centers for children and educators is low:
- A team of scientists from Germany has tested children and staff members of several daycare centers in the state of Hesse, Germany, to detect the prevalence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection..
- Since the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many studies have been done to identify the susceptible individuals who are at higher risk of developing severe SARS-CoV-2 infection..
- While most of these studies have indicated that elderly people are highly susceptible to severe infection, pre-school children are mostly considered the low-risk population in terms of getting a severe infection..
- Therefore, it is generally assumed that children with unnoticeable signs and symptoms should be tested frequently for possible viral infection to help break the transmission chain..
- Current study design The SAFE-KiDS-Study by researchers at Goethe University, the German Centre for Infection Research, the Fraunhofer Institute, and the Hessian State Examination and Investigation Office in Health Care (HLPUG), was conducted for the early detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection in daycare centers in the state of Hessen, Germany, using both respiratory (buccal mucosa swab) and gastrointestinal (anal swab) samples..
- 19 to 64 years) from 50 daycare centers located throughout the state for respiratory and gastrointestinal shedding of SARS-CoV-2..
- As per government rules, children and staff members with respiratory infection symptoms, except for runny noses, were not allowed to enter the daycare centers..
- Detection of SARS-CoV-2 was performed by real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, which look for the virus’ genetic code in host cell samples….