Study: Children infected with Omicron are contagious for about three days

According to an analysis, children infected with the Omicron corona variant are still contagious for around three days on average after the positive test.

Study: Children infected with Omicron are contagious for about three days

According to an analysis, children infected with the Omicron corona variant are still contagious for around three days on average after the positive test. On the fifth day, the majority are no longer infectious, write US researchers in the journal “JAMA Pediatrics”. In Germany, as in other countries, mainly omicron sublines such as EG.5 and XBB.1.16 are currently circulating.

The Professional Association of Pediatricians and Adolescents (BVKJ) currently recommends that with Corona, as with normal colds, keeping a child at home as long as they feel sick, have a fever or diarrhea or are vomiting. After 24 hours without symptoms, they can go back to daycare or school.

The current US study also showed that almost a fifth of the children recorded were still infectious on the fifth day, and almost 4 percent even on the 10th day. The duration was independent of the child’s vaccination status. Finding the right amount for the quarantine is important: it is important to protect the other children in the group, but at the same time not to make the time out unnecessarily long for the child concerned - because of the loss of lessons, but also because of the possible psychological consequences Burden.

Das Team um Neeraj Sood vom USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy

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