Sudden Kindergarten outbreak—a once small #COVID19 outbreak in an Austrian🇦🇹 kindergarten exploded from 10 cases Monday to suddenly *32 cases* by Wed—20 cases in kids, 12 adults & caregivers. (Article in German—translation below). HT @hiems_mollis. noen.at/melk/coronavirus-kin…

Feb 19, 2021 · 12:24 AM UTC

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2) “some caregivers complained of symptoms on Saturday. They were then tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Saturday, despite negative rapid tests on Friday. Already on Sunday, the parents of the 75 kindergarten children were informed via the kindergarten app "KidsFox".
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3) “Since then, all children and caregivers have been quarantined, the kindergarten and, for safety reasons, the afternoon care KiLo, are closed until further notice.”
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4) “However, the number of cases could continue to rise. Although there is no obligation to test kindergarten children in cases of suspicion, they are only considered as K1 persons and have to be quarantined, but a large number of parents have so far had their children tested.
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5) “From our point of view, the test density is very high. From an epidemiological point of view, this is very good," says District Governor Norbert Haselsteiner.
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6) “As at present, however, the positive Covid cases from Loosdorf are also subjected [sequencing], but this lasts ten days. Only then will it be possible to know whether it is a new type of coronavirus.”
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7) while cases so far are mild, keep in mind kids can develop #LongCovidKids too. Like this 13 year old.
A healthy boy before—18 weeks of agony for 13 year old boy suffering #COVID19. “His heart—we didn't catch that for 2 months—now we're dealing with a coronary issue that we don't know if it will resolve.” 🧵 #LongCovid & kids is real. (HT @MaritsaNBCMT) nbcmontana.com/news/local/ne…
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8) England also seeing #COVID19 positivity of young kids becoming higher than adults every since primary schools started reopening in U.K.
Worrisome—UK 🇬🇧 data shows suddenly higher #COVID19 positivity % in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (where #B117 highly dominant) in children ages 5-9, in both boys and girls, sustained each week over 4 consecutive weeks. Ages 0-4 positivity also increasing. Israel 🇮🇱 has also seen kids case trend.
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9) we’ve known for a long time the Covid in kids often tracks with schools.
Replying to @dgurdasani1
Infection among children closely tracks school openings and closures (as we saw even during october half term), and level of attendance (trends in secondary schools where attendance is much lower are different). Again in line with substantial transmission occurring in schools.
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10) Something similar in an Italian village outbreak — 60% of infections were in kids in kindergarten / primary school in that outbreak. It matches the 20 out of 32 cases in this Austrian outbreak so far too.
Holy cow: 10% of the village of Corzano 🇮🇹 has the #B117 variant—10% of all residents! 60% of cases are kids from kindergarten and primary school, other 40% are their parents, says the mayor. Schools in the village now closed. ansa.it/amp/lombardia/notizi…
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11) This is not an isolated edge case. We know school reopening lead to rise in cases. We cannot delude ourselves on this! Don’t be like when some tried to delude ourselves the virus isn’t airborne or that it didn’t spread asymptomatically or that there isn’t reinfections.
Replying to @SarahDRasmussen
When we locked down in November but left schools fully open, that no longer left us with a low-child-prevalence cushion. So when lockdown lifted, primary school student infection had faster growth than any adult age group did, both from an absolute and a relative standpoint. 9/
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13) Don’t get me wrong, I want kids to got back to school. But we need to do it safely. We need ventilation. Clean air. And safe school cafeteria. I talk about school lunch safety here a lot in this thread 🧵.
I’m trying hard to square this: 📍CDC this weekend: not really safe to have a #SuperBowl party with people outside your home. 📍Also CDC: it’s safe for teachers to teach kids/teens, in person, indoors, 5 days/week. 🤔...and let loud kids eat at lunch indoors unmasked? #COVID19
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14) similar outbreak also being reported in Denmark. Very similar to Italy and Israel 🇮🇱 children.
Outbreak of 69 #COVID19 cases in 2 schools, plus 20 at daycare centers in one Danish city—all #B117. “Something going on with the infection of [🇬🇧 variant] #B117 among children that we have not seen with the old coronavirus” says an epidemiologist. 🧵 cphpost.dk/?p=122479
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15) there is also data that #B117 is mot only more contagious than common old #SARSCoV2, but the increase from common type is relatively more in kids 0-9 than in adults...
BAD CORONAVIRUS VARIANT DATA—Folks, the B117 #SARSCoV2 variant from 🇬🇧 is a dangerous *hellish beast*. This new UK data shows attack rates (% exposed who get infected) of B117 vs common variants: B117 has 33-36% higher attack rate overall. It’s also maybe worse in kids.🧵#COVID19
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