Publications - May 2022

Preprint and peer-reviewed publications from RECOVER’s studies

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in young children attending day-care centres in Belgium, May 2020 to February 2022 (Van Heirstraeten et al. 2022)

Prevalence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in young children (> 6 months) and their role in transmission remains unclear. Most SARS-CoV-2 infections in young children are asymptomatic or characterised by mild clinical symptoms, and consequently, young children are also less often tested than adolescents and adults. At the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, we introduced the collection of a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the child population attending day-care centres (DCCs) in Belgium. We investigated carriage of SARS-CoV-2 from May 2020 to February 2022 in young children attending 100 DCCs in Belgium, to gain insight on their role in SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

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