CDC study finds coronavirus rates among teens nearly ‘double’ compared with children

The coronavirus infection rate among adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 is “approximately double” that of younger children, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The study, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Monday, analyzed 277,285 confirmed Covid-19 cases in school-aged children in the U.S. between March and mid-September. Researchers found the average weekly incidence of Covid-19 in adolescents to be roughly 37 cases per 100,000 children. 

While few adolescents develop serious cases of COVID-19, when infected they can spread the infection to others. This is the primary concern with teens and COVID-19.