WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 13-year old infected 11 of her relatives with the coronavirus at a family gathering.
- The teenager initially tested negative for COVID-19 but developed nasal congestion two days after the results came out and on the day they started vacation.
- During the vacation, the relatives did not practice social distancing and did not wear masks.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States has already reached 7.8 million. Around 214,900 people have already been taken by the dreaded disease. Following the safety protocols of social distancing, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible can lessen the risk of getting infected as it only takes one to spread the disease to a multitude.
In a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an anonymous 13-year old girl infected 11 relatives, ages 9 to 72, from across the states of Rhode Island, Illinois, Georgia, and Massachusetts, on a family vacation.
She was infected in June but did not show any symptoms and came out negative on a coronavirus test. It was not until two days after that she began showing the first symptom of the disease: nasal congestion. It was also the time that she and her family traveled for a vacation with her relatives coming from 4 different states.
During the vacation, 14 of them stayed in a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house, without masks and social distancing for between eight and 25 days.
Some relatives visited for around 13 hours but kept their distance and stayed outdoors. No one got infected from this group.
Out of the 14 who stayed in the house, 12 developed symptoms of the coronavirus and tested positive. One had to be treated for emergency care due to respiratory issues and one had to be hospitalized. Both have already recovered.
This case shows that it takes only one or “index patient” to infect a large number of people. She initially tested negative but was already contagious since according to the CDC, the test “was performed before symptom onset.”
The CDC adds that this also shows that even if they exhibit mild symptoms, children and adolescents are capable of spreading the virus. Plus, lack of social distancing results in spreading the virus.