Coronavirus Spreads Quickly Among Household Members: CDC Report

The report noted that the age of the index patient didn’t matter — adults, children and teens all spread the virus to others in their households

In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Center for Disease and Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on the CDC's budget request for fiscal year 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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If one person in a household has COVID-19, there’s a good chance it’ll spread to others — and quickly.

report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published Friday, took a close look at how the virus spread throughout people’s homes.

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The study included 101 households in Nashville, Tennessee, and Marshfield, Wisconsin. All households had one index patient — a confirmed case of COVID-19. At the time the index patient first reported symptoms, no one else in their household reported any.

The 101 index patients (each in their own household) lived with a total of 191 household contacts, 102 of whom — or 53 percent — went on to test positive for COVID-19, according to the report.

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