A study has find that children spread COVID-19 infections faster than adults as they carry a higher 'viral load’. The study has published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The ‘viral load’ indicates the amount of virus in an infected person’s body.
Researchers found that children younger than 5 years carried as much as 10 - 100 times the amount of virus in their nose and throat as compared to adults. The study mainly focused on children who showed mild to moderate symptoms of the coronavirus.
It is indicated that vaccination of children is as important as they can spread them far more efficiently than any other age group.
In countries like India, where the vaccination programs for all adults have remain incomplete due to delays and shortages, this could be a serious cause for concern.
India also don’t have enough paediatric Covid care wards and intensive care units for children.
Meanwhile, Pfizer has been seeking approval of its vaccine for adolescents and for children between the ages of 2 - 11, as there are wide gap in immunisation in the young population. The approval process is expected to go sooner, as the vaccine will only need to be adjusted for its dosage in children and not its biochemical composition.