Are Children Less Prone To Contract The Novel Coronavirus?

Ever since the new coronavirus has made numerous headlines and took more lives (while also infecting so much more) starting late last December, various claims and assertions have been made about the virus that has been declared as the latest global public health emergency, as per WHO.

For one thing, some claim that certain diets can help protect you from the virus, while other reports state that men are more likely to contract it than women. And now, a new claim has surfaced, which may cause concern for kids and parents alike, albeit being a bit more positive within the context. This is because the new claim states that children are less likely to contract the virus.

But is there any truth to this?

Unfortunately, we can neither confirm nor deny, simply because no one knows the answer. First off, do remember that a lot is still unclear at this point.

“We don’t know why kids seem to be not in the news. The news we’re getting is filtered, and all we know is what we hear,” Aaron Milstone, an epidemiologist and professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said.

The concern comes while kids come down with respiratory viruses often, with experts saying that it’s quite normal for a child to contract it up to 10 times a season. This is because kids are a bit more lax with washing hands or keeping it to themselves, and their immune systems are still developing.

With that in mind, there is currently no evidence as to whether kids are more or less likely to come down with the new virus, as per CDC, with majority of cases in China affecting adults.

There is, however, some limited knowledge where kids mostly suffered from mild symptoms, like fever, cough and runny nose.

“Kids have the benefit that most of them are pretty healthy, so that might play a part in why they have a little bit milder symptoms,” Andrew Janowski, a pediatric infectious diseases doctor at Washington University School of Medicine, said.

If there’s any preparation that worrying parents can do, it’s to simply make sure their kids wash their hands thoroughly.

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