The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor in April. Photo: Tony Azios/AFP via Getty Images
One in five young adult U.S. service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt to test positive for the novel coronavirus and participate in a study conducted by the Navy with the CDC reported no symptoms.
Why it matters: This is the first time the CDC has examined the effects of COVID-19 among healthy young people "in close quarters," a CDC epidemiologist told reporters, per Stars and Stripes. A key finding was that preventive measures, "such as using face coverings and observing social distancing, reduced risk for infection," the report notes.
- 60% of the 382 young service members to participate in the Navy investigation had reactive antibodies, while 59% of those also had neutralizing antibodies — "a promising indicator of at least short-term immunity," the researchers wrote.
- Common symptoms among study participants included muscle pain, fever, chills and a loss of taste or smell.
The big picture: 1,273 of the nearly 4,800 crew members tested positive for COVID-19 following the outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier in April. A Navy sailor who had been assigned to the ship died in April of complications from the virus.