A new report shows that last month, at least 260 campers and staff were infected with the new coronavirus at a comatose summer camp in Georgia.
The camp (unnamed) took many precautions to prevent the outbreak, including requiring staff to wear masks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Friday that it did not let campers wear masks and that many buildings had poor ventilation.
In addition, health officials said The “relatively older” children sleep in the same cabin, and they often sing and cheer, which is likely to cause the infected droplets to spread in the air.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said these findings provide more evidence that children are susceptible to the virus and play an important role in transmission.
Just as President Donald Trump urged the school to reopen this fall, public health officials tried to weigh the risk of the coronavirus spreading among students with the risk of letting them miss their studies in person.
In June, at a dream-inspired summer camp in Georgia, at least 260 campers and staff were infected with the coronavirus, believed to be the aforementioned camp in Lake Burton (2017)
Camp employees are required to wear cloth masks, but campers are not. Approximately 51% of those who test positive are under 10 years old (file picture)
According to the report, the camp held an orientation activity in mid-June, welcoming 120 staff and 138 trainees.
On June 21st, among the 250 employees, 3 senior staff and 363 campers aged 6 to 19 participated in the competition.
The report stated that within a week of arrival, a young staff member felt cold and left the camp on June 23.
The next day, the teenager tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the virus.
On the same day, the camp began to send people home and notified the State Department of Public Health the next day, and then closed on June 27.
The health department recommends virus and self-isolation testing for anyone participating in the training camp.
If anyone tests positive, they will be asked to quarantine.
Among the 597 campers and staff, 344 were able to obtain the results, and 260 cases (about 44%) were confirmed as positive.
Campers saw the highest percentage of positive results, and 51% of those who tested positive were between 6 and 10 years old.
44% of the infected people are between 11 and 17 years old, and one third are between 18 and 21 years old.
Officials only recorded the symptoms of 136 children. Among them, there are 100 reported symptoms-mainly fever, headache and sore throat.
The CDC said that although everyone has submitted documents proving that they tested negative for COVID-19, students do not need to wear masks, but only staff.
In addition, the report stated that campers slept in poorly ventilated huts and participated in “various indoor and outdoor activities, including daily vigorous singing and cheering.”
The CDC said in a statement: “Considering the length of time campers and staff spend nearby, to avoid the spread of infectious diseases, an environment like a multi-day and night summer camp poses a unique challenge.”
A youth worker first fell due to the cold on June 22, and the camp was finally closed on June 27. Pictured: A camp in Burton Lake, Georgia, is believed to have broken out in 2017
Although the name of the refugee camp was not provided in the report, the timetable seems to be consistent with the time of the outbreak. The incident occurred near the northern border between the state and North Carolina, in the YMCA refugee camp Gaogang in Burton Lake, Laben County. .
According to WSB-TV, the YMCA camp was only open for four days due to the virus and then closed.
According to an executive order from Governor Brian Kemp, as long as all campers and staff test negative before participating in the event, an overnight summer camp can be opened in the state on May 31.
Dr. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, told the Washington Post that the report showed that school should not start in the fall.
He said: “For me, this is a big weight. It means closing schools.”
He added that although the children spend more time all night, he said: “There is solid evidence that we should be extra cautious about the beginning of school.”
The CDC also stated in the statement that wearing masks correctly, staying away from society, strict cleaning and hand washing can prevent the spread of the virus.
These are included in the agency’s recently released guidelines for reopening American schools.