Bigger Families Mean More Infections, Study Finds: MedlinePlus

Bigger Families Mean More Infections, Study Finds

“A lot of these families go through wave after wave of illness. In fact, some of the kids we monitored had symptoms for 20 to 25 weeks in a row,” study co-first author Dr. Carrie Byington, a professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah, said in a university news release.

During that time, researchers found that people in childless households were infected with viruses an average of three to four weeks a year. That rose to 18 weeks a year in families with one child, and up to 45 weeks a year in households with six children.

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