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Children’s birthday parties may have fueled spread of COVID-19, study finds

A new study by JAMA Internal Medicine has found that children’s birthday parties may have fueled the spread of COVID-19.

According to the study, the rate of transmission among households with gatherings was higher than those without. The study used private health insurance data from nearly 3 million American households between January 1 and November 8, 2020. The findings conclude, “Among households in the top decile of county COVID-19 prevalence, those with birthdays had 8.6 more diagnoses per 10 000 individuals compared with households without a birthday, a relative increase of 31% of county-level prevalence.”

The gatherings persisted despite government restrictions and stay-at-home orders. FBA previously reported, “The CDC says close contact with an infected person is the one thing that most COVID-19 patients did before they got infected. … emphasizing the relevance of social distancing, the CDC said the virus most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, within a distance of six feet or precisely two arm lengths.” The increased rate of COVID-19 infection in households with birthday parties was not necessarily linked to that particular gathering. 

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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