COVID-19 is missing a surprising population group, children

By Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue Staff Writer | Images Courtesy of simplemost
  • The coronavirus, or, COVID-19 as it’s called has currently reached 54, 293 active cases worldwide, with 2,362 deaths and 21,276 in recovery.
  • The coronavirus has shown to infect older adults, especially those facing chronic and underlying health problems. The average age of patients that were hit was around 55 years old.
  • Only a very small number of children were found with confirmed cases.

Parents, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. While the coronavirus has outdone the SARS epidemic in 2003 in terms of casualties, there’s some good news. Children are the population group that’s being hit the lowest.

 

According to an article published by National Public Radio (NPR) on February 20th, 2020, there’s been 75,000 cases at this point in time, while only around 100 paediatric cases are being reported remarked by Terri Lynn Stillwell, a paediatric infectious disease expert at Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.

However, there may be a possibility that more children are in fact, infected yet whose conditions are severe enough to warrant medical attention. Some may not develop symptoms at all.

Another infectious disease expert and professor of paediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, Cody Meissner points out that significantly more than 80% of coronavirus infections have been shown to be mild, and are more forgiving than the common cold. He also points out that, children are in the category of procuring even milder infections compared to adults.

He further remarks that the results of a small study published in the Journal of American Medical Association that researchers located in Wuhan, China have distinguished nine infants who were hospitalized after being infected with Coronavirus from a family member. The youngest infant was 9 months old while the oldest ranged to 11 months old who’s symptoms were recorded. Meissner adds that the illness was truly mild.

All the infants hadn’t suffered from severe complications from the coronavirus.

It’s yet unclear as to why children seem less susceptible to COVID-19 but there are clues that may lie with maternal antibodies provided by their mother.

This article is based on a published report by National Public Radio (NPR) located at https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/20/807483553/coronavirus-is-contagious-but-kids-seem-less-vulnerable-so-far

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. At Parents Avenue, we strongly recommend all our readers to seek medical advise from your local hospital or clinic. Thank you. 

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