A new study has exposed that even if antibodies are detected in children, they will still have the potential to spread the virus. As schools and colleges are resuming their schedule across the country, people need to be more cautious about social distancing, as per the experts. The study has shed more light on the transmission of the disease through children who are already detected with antibodies against COVID19. Experts have told this is a very important time for families and parents to understand the course of the disease. Experts have claimed that antibodies and the COVID19 virus can coexist in children with the disease. They have said that usually with most of the viruses, when antibodies are detected, the virus cannot be found. However, it is different when it comes to COVID19. Health authorities have urged schools to maintain social distancing among children. This research has been published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Scientists have observed an analysis of 6369 COVID19 positive children and 215 children who have undergone an antibody test between March 2020 and June 2020. Around 33 out of 215 children have been detected with antibodies and the virus both during the course of the disease. Nine out of those 33 children have reflected antibodies in their blood but later tested positive for COVID19. Experts have discovered children in the age group of 6 years to 15 years take a median of 32 days to clear the trace of the virus from the system. While children in the age group of 16 to 22 years take a median of 18 days to wash out the virus. The study has established that female children take a longer time than male children to clear the virus from their system.
Researchers have urged that families and communities cannot take a chance just because a child has antibodies against the disease and show no symptoms. The transition of virus positivity to negativity has taken a median of 25 days during the study. Virus negativity is a state when a virus cannot be detected any longer. Scholars have said that it has taken 18 days to go from virus positivity to seropositivity, which shows the presence of antibodies in the blood. At last, it has taken 36 days to obtain adequate levels of neutralizing antibodies, they are essential for protecting the person from reinfection of the same disease. Recent research as well has shown that at least 16 percent of children with COVID19 are asymptomatic. However, health experts say that there are enough shreds of evidence, which establish that 45 percent of pediatric infections are asymptomatic.