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.