Children can have the coronavirus and antibodies in their bodies at the SAME ...

Children can have the coronavirus AND antibodies that fight the infection in their bodies at the SAME TIME, study finds - raising questions about how long they stay contagious as schools reopen Researchers looked at 6,300 children who tested positive for COVID-19 and 215 children who underwent antibody testing About 15% of children tested positive for both the virus and antibodies, with nine testing positive for antibodies first  Patients between ages six and 15 took nearly twice as long time to clear the virus than patients aged 16 to 22  It remains unclear if the virus that's present at the same time as antibodies can transmit to others

By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 05:02 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 09:52 BST, 3 September 2020

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Children can be infected with the novel coronavirus, but have antibodies against the disease in their blood at the same time, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that 15 percent of pediatric patients had the virus and a built up immune response simultaneously.

Younger patients also took twice as long as to clear the coronavirus from their systems than patients in their teens and early 20s.

The team, from Children's National Hospital, in Washington, DC, says the findings still leave many questions unanswered such as how long children are infectious for and and at what point do they start making antibodies that work against COVID-19. 

In a new study, 15% of children tested positive for both the novel coronavirus and antibodies at the same time, with nine testing positive for antibodies first (above)

In a new study, 15% of children tested positive for both the novel coronavirus and antibodies at the same time, with nine testing positive for antibodies first (above)

Patients between ages six and 15 took nearly twice as long time to clear the virus than patients aged 16 to 22. Pictured: Paramedic Randy Lilly sits with a 10-month-old boy with fever while riding by ambulance to Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, April 4

Patients between ages six and 15 took nearly twice as long time to clear the virus than patients aged 16 to 22. Pictured: Paramedic Randy Lilly sits with a 10-month-old boy with fever while riding by ambulance to Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, April 4

'We wanted to see what is going on in our patient population,' lead author Dr Burak Bahar, director of Laboratory Informatics at Children's National, told

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