Summer camps should be viewed as the perfect place for coronavirus infections to reproduce with children who play in confined spaces for several hours.
However, a new study suggests that when most of the activities were outdoors and harm reduction measures such as masking and social were followed, infections were low.
Duke University researchers examined data from more than 6,800 campers and staff at 54 YMCA day camps in North Carolina.
They found only 10 children and nine staff members with confirmed symptomatic cases of COVID-19 – and believe only two of the cases were contracted in the camps themselves.
The team says their study provides evidence that “personal” like school and camp “outweigh” the risks when appropriate measures are followed and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for personal learning corresponds to restarting in schools.
The researchers examined coronavirus infections in 6,830 campers and staff at 54 YMCA day camps in North Carolina in 2020 (file image).
A total of 10 out of 5,344 campers – or 0.18% – tested positive for the virus, with the majority occurring in indoor camps