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Asymptomatic children may transmit COVID-19 in communities

Key clinical point: Asymptomatic children with COVID-19 infections had detectable virus for an average of 14 days after their first positive test.

Major finding: Approximately 22% of children with COVID-19 infections were asymptomatic, and 66% had unrecognized symptoms at the time of diagnosisStudy details: The data come from a case series of 91 children at 20 hospitals and 2 nonhospital isolation facilities in South Korea.

Disclosures: The study received no outside funding. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Han MS et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 Aug 28. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.3988.