A 13-year-old girl with COVID-19 infected 11 relatives during a three-week family gathering this summer – an outbreak that shows adolescents can spread the virus even with mild symptoms, federal health officials said.
A report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there’s “increasing evidence” that children and young adults can efficiently transmit the coronavirus after four state health departments investigated an outbreak during a family gathering. The get-together of five households from four states in June and July led to 11 relatives of the teen contracting the bug.
The 13-year-old girl, who was not identified, was exposed to COVID-19 during a large outbreak in June. She was tested four days later while asymptomatic and her test came back negative, the CDC said.
Two days later, the teen started having nasal congestion – her lone symptom – and then traveled that day with her parents and two brothers to a family gathering with 15 other