Reconsidering assumptions of adolescent and young adult severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 transmission dynamics

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Adam Benzekri, Marco Thimm-Kaiser, Andrew Hidalgo, David C. Perlman

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Abstract

Evidence regarding the important role of adolescents and young adults (AYA) in accelerating and sustaining coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreaks is growing. Furthermore, data suggest that 2 known factors that contribute to high severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmissibility-presymptomatic transmission and asymptomatic case presentations-may be amplified in AYA. However, AYA have not been prioritized as a key population in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Policy decisions that limit public health attention to AYA and are driven by the assumption of insignificant forward transmission from AYA pose a risk of inadvertent reinvigoration of local transmission dynamics. In this viewpoint, we highlight evidence regarding the increased potential of AYA to transmit SARS-CoV-2 that, to date, has received little attention, discuss adolescent and young adult-specific considerations for future COVID-19 control measures, and provide applied programmatic suggestions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S146-S163
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescents and young adults
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • SARS-CoV-2 transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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