Asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults, research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed.
A new CDC study, published on Friday, traced 184 students, teachers and family members connected to three daycare centers in Salt Lake City, Utah between April 1 and July 10.
Doctors and researchers have noted that children are less likely to be severely impacted by the coronavirus than their adult counterparts. However, many experts have asserted that infected children will be able to spread the virus to adults even if they do not show symptoms. The new CDC studies affirms that theory.
Over the course of the three month CDC study, 12 of the 110 children ultimately tested positive for the virus. Nine showed mild symptoms, while three showed no symptoms at all.
Testing revealed that six of the 28 observed teachers also contracted the virus.
In-depth contact tracing confirmed that the 18 infected teachers and students then spread COVID-19 to at least 12 of the 46 family members who took part in the study.
Six mothers became infected with COVID-19 - one of whom required hospitalization.
The study is sure to cause more alarm bells as schools and daycare centers across the country continue to reopen following the end of summer.
A new CDC study , published on Friday, has confirmed that asymptomatic children can transmit COVID-19 to adults
The study comes after news that at least four teachers in three states have from COVID-19 complications since the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year.
Among the teacher casualties since the start of the academic year was elementary school teacher Demetria 'Demi' Bannister, 28, who died Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with the virus.
The district said Bannister was at Windsor Elementary School in Colombia on August 28 for a teacher work day, before classes resumed, but that was her last day in the school.
She began teaching remotely three days later and had not been showing symptoms when she was in the school building.
South Carolina third-grade teacher Demetria 'Demi' Bannister, 28, died Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with coronavirus. At least four teachers have died from the virus since the start of the school year in three states as concerns grow among union leaders
Students wearing face masks as a preventive measure arrive at Delaware Valley High School during the first day of school on September 2. A teachers' union leader worried that the return to in-person classes will have a deadly impact across the U.S. if proper precautions aren't taken
Bannister taught at the school for five years and is remembered by her colleagues as a 'songbird' who hosted a student club for aspiring singers.
'Known as Windsor's Songbird, Ms. Bannister used her musical talents to bring a great deal of joy to our school,' said Denise Quickel, principal of Windsor Elementary, according to CNN.
'For our school's Attendance Matters kickoff in 2019 she wrote a song about the importance of coming to school to the tune of 'Old Town Road'. The song and video were a big hit with our school family.
'Ms. Bannister loved her students and never missed an opportunity to advocate for students and public education.'
The school district was notified of her positive test on Friday and announced that it followed procedures for disinfecting, contact tracing and notification of close contacts.
Bannister's family chose to share information on her death to remind others of the coronavirus risks.
'While gone from us too soon, Ms. Bannister's legacy lives on through the lives of the students she taught in her five years as a dedicated educator,' said Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis in a statement.
'To honor Ms. Bannister's memory I ask the Richland Two family to join me in reaffirming our commitment to doing all we can to provide premier learning experiences for all students in the safest environment possible and doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.'
It's unclear how many teachers in the U.S. have become ill with COVID-19 since the new school year began, but Mississippi alone has reported 604 cases among school teachers and staff.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said schools need guidelines such as mandatory face coverings and strict social distancing rules to reopen safely.
'If community spread is too high as it is in Missouri and Mississippi, if you don't have the infrastructure of testing, and if you don't have the safeguards that prevent the spread of viruses in the school, we believe that you cannot reopen in person,' Weingarten said.
Nacoma James, 42, taught at a middle school and helped coach high school football. He died August 6 during the first week of classes from coronavirus complications
A tribute to teacher Nacoma James outside of his school in Oxford, Mississippi
Mississippi history teacher Tom Slade died Sunday. Slade was teaching in-person when the academic year started on August 6 but began quarantining after he had contact with someone who was positive at a church meeting. His last day of teaching was August 21
AshLee DeMarinis was just 34 when she died Sunday after three weeks in the hospital. She taught social skills and special education at John Evans Middle School in Potosi, Missouri
Johnny Dunlap, a 39-year-old drama and forensics teacher at Dodge City High School in Kansas, said he considered quitting before the district made masks mandatory for teachers and students.
Still, his history of bladder cancer and high blood pressure have left him with some angst about being around so many people.
Existing health conditions can put people at higher risk for severe illness and death from the virus.
'I'm at a high school with close to