Preschoolers Likely Not Superspreaders, Day Care Safe With Proper Measures: Study

Preschoolers likely are not superspreaders of the coronavirus and are relatively safe when proper protocols are put in place at day care centers, according to a new study.

The study, published Monday in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, observed 327 children and 197 staffers in 22 day care centers throughout the French cities of Paris, Rouen and Annecy from June 4 to July 3 following a nationwide lockdown, CNN reported.

The researchers compared serology test results from those observed to a group of 164 “hospital staff who kept working during the lockdown, but weren’t exposed to infants or coronavirus patients during their shifts.”

The study found that the positivity rate for antibodies among the observed children was 3.7%, compared to France’s national rate of 10% found in adults during that time. Of the 14 children possessing antibodies, 12 came from 12 different centers, and two others came from the same center but never came in contact with each other, CNN reported.

Anti-coronavirus protocols such as face masks, social distancing and hand-washing regularly took place at the observed care centers, the researchers said.

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